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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
First recorded in 1400-50, cobblestone is from the late Middle English word cobylstone. See cobble1, stone
Related forms
cobblestoned, adjective
Can be confused
boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble, rock, stone. Unabridged
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  • That if one hits a negro on the head with a cobblestone, the cobblestone will break.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • He ees call the 'cobblestone,' also the 'pouding-stone,' when he ees at his home in the country.

  • They will soon be able to tell in every case where the egg or cobblestone is not "just round."

    Froebel's Gifts Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • They are shown in plate 29, along with a cobblestone used as a pestle.

  • He was devoted to horses and from his home on Broadway he could frequently be seen driving tandem on the cobblestone streets.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • A long living room with a cobblestone fireplace met their gaze.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
  • Tavern-keeper and tavern are gone; no vestiges even of cobblestone chimneys or cellar walls remain.

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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