noun British.




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

Origin of curbstone

First recorded in 1785–95; curb + stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kerbstone

Historical Examples of kerbstone

  • The wheels of a cab grazed the kerbstone, a murmured direction followed.

  • A carriage was drawn up by the kerbstone; the doors of it were open.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • In Queen Victoria Street he stopped on the kerbstone, and looked about him.

    Love and the Ironmonger

    F. J. (Frederick John) Randall

  • The cab-door slammed, the wheels ground on the kerbstone, my début was over.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • He fell down on th' kerbstone and wouldn't get up-- turned sulky like.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale

British Dictionary definitions for kerbstone


US and Canadian curbstone


one of a series of stones that form a kerb



the US spelling of kerbstone
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 kerbstone



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper