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.

1830–40; brown + stone Unabridged
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brownstone (ˈbraʊnˌstəʊn)
1.  a reddish-brown iron-rich sandstone used for building
2.  a house built of or faced with this stone

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Example sentences
Quirky and charming brownstone with loads of period details and modern goodies.
The hotel features six rooms in a renovated brownstone.
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.
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