- 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
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Examples from the Web for brownstone
Martin Amis asks as he greets me in the invitingly elegant hallway of his Brooklyn brownstone.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
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My Parents bought their first home in 1968, a Brownstone in Fort Greene, where my Father still lives.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
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We went to another house, a brownstone not too far from where I lived.Maya Angelou: How I Write
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She then told another story about the same boyfriend—a guy living in a brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn.Lena Dunham’s Improv Night at the Upright Citizens Brigade
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Five months ago, Mercado was visiting a friend and left her chair outside a brownstone apartment.Wheelchair-bound Blogger Warms Fashion Week Hearts
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The reply from the brownstone front was as enthusiastic as Jim could desire.Still Jim
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In places the brownstone front was cracked and great chips had flaked off.The Secret Wireless
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He went ponderously up the brownstone steps and rang the bell.The Shadow
Brownstone quarried in the vicinity is also an important export.
On sight of him, he turned up the front stairs of a brownstone.
- 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
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