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  1. one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
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Also British, kerb·stone.

Origin of curbstone

First recorded in 1785–95; curb + stone
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Examples from the Web for curbstone

Historical Examples

  • An awning from the house door to the curbstone, and a policeman!


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He went out to the curbstone and scanned the road for a passing carriage.

  • See him genuflecting now, to kiss the curbstone and thank Allah that he is free.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • By then the cab had drawn up to the curbstone and was stopped.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for curbstone


  1. the US spelling of kerbstone
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Word Origin and History for curbstone


1791, from curb (n.) + stone (n.).

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