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brownstone

[broun-stohn] /ˈbraʊnˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a reddish-brown sandstone, used extensively as a building material.
2.
Also called brownstone front. a building, especially a row house, fronted with this stone.
adjective
3.
Archaic. belonging or pertaining to the well-to-do class.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; brown + stone
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British Dictionary definitions for brownstone front

brownstone

/ˈbraʊnˌstəʊn/
noun (US)
1.
a reddish-brown iron-rich sandstone used for building
2.
a house built of or faced with this stone
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Word Origin and History for brownstone front

brownstone

n.

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

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