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[broun-stohn] /ˈbraʊnˌstoʊn/
a reddish-brown sandstone, used extensively as a building material.
Also called brownstone front. a building, especially a row house, fronted with this stone.
Archaic. belonging or pertaining to the well-to-do class.
Origin of brownstone
1830-40; brown + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for brownstone
  • Quirky and charming brownstone with loads of period details and modern goodies.
  • The hotel features six rooms in a renovated brownstone.
  • The affluent neighborhood plays host to gourmet restaurants, boutique shops and brownstone-dwelling families.
  • The size of the building was reduced and brownstone was used on the rear to keep costs down.
  • Several large blocks of cut brownstone lie in the quarry opening and rusted parts of old equipment can still be found.
  • If you live in a small house, brownstone or small apartment building, it's better to leave if there is a fire.
  • Link to brownstone manufacturer brownstone fabricator in new york.
British Dictionary definitions for brownstone


noun (US)
a reddish-brown iron-rich sandstone used for building
a house built of or faced with this stone
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Word Origin and History for brownstone

"dark sandstone," 1858, from brown (adj.) + stone (n.). As "house or building fronted with brownstone" from 1948.

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