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[kob-uh l-stohn] /ˈkɒb əlˌstoʊn/
a naturally rounded stone, larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder, formerly used in paving.
Origin of cobblestone
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English cobylstone. See cobble1, stone
Related forms
cobblestoned, adjective
Can be confused
boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble, rock, stone. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cobblestone
  • The cobblestone streets, elegant quarry-stone buildings and flowered plazas invite travelers to share in their history.
  • Tourists click photos, office workers hurry across the cobblestone paths, and everyone is perfectly dry.
  • Wander the cobblestone center, which is closed to cars.
  • cobblestone streets with stately mansions, old churches and ornate public buildings abound.
  • The bus rumbled over cobblestone streets, and made another stop.
  • It is home to hundreds of silver shops from sleek galleries to small studios that line its hilly cobblestone streets.
  • It is considered a trendy area, with a number of shops and cobblestone streets.
  • The town resembles an alpine village with towers and cobblestone walkways.
  • Browse both hybrid and heirloom roses along the cobblestone paths in the gardens.
  • Explore the medieval fortress and cobblestone alleyways that are a marked contrast to the chic shops and boutiques.
British Dictionary definitions for cobblestone


a rounded stone used for paving Sometimes shortened to cobble Compare sett
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Word Origin and History for cobblestone

late 14c., kobilstane; see cobble (n.) + stone (n.).

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