[ kurb-stohn ]

  1. one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.

Origin of curbstone

First recorded in 1785–95; curb + stone
  • Also British, kerb·stone .

Words Nearby curbstone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curbstone in a sentence

  • He stopped before the little hand-cart of a street fruit vender, which was drawn up to the curbstone, to buy an apple.

  • Running ahead she went down the steps, through the gate, and into Vetch's car which was standing beside the curbstone.

    One Man in His Time | Ellen Glasgow
  • Only two or three children, with eyes like jewels, played on the curbstone, innocent of the guile that comes with years.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • It was like a rat you've seen running along the gutter side of the curbstone with a terrier after it.

    In the Arena | Booth Tarkington
  • After the wedding, we all stood cordially on the curbstone and let them drive off to the train.

    Life's Minor Collisions | Frances Warner

British Dictionary definitions for curbstone


/ (ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn) /

  1. the US spelling of kerbstone

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