[kob-uh l-stohn]


a naturally rounded stone, larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder, formerly used in paving.

Origin of cobblestone

First recorded in 1400–50, cobblestone is from the late Middle English word cobylstone. See cobble1, stone
Related formscob·ble·stoned, adjective
Can be confusedboulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cobblestone

Historical Examples of cobblestone

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cobblestone



a rounded stone used for pavingSometimes shortened to: cobble Compare sett
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cobblestone

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper