brown·​stone | \ ˈbrau̇n-ˌstōn How to pronounce brownstone (audio) \

Definition of brownstone

1 : a reddish-brown sandstone used for building
2 : a dwelling faced with brownstone

Examples of brownstone in a Sentence

She lives in a beautiful brownstone in Manhattan.
Recent Examples on the Web The historic brownstone had been reconfigured in the 1990s into a two-family unit, with the top three floors constituting a triplex, and the garden-level floor serving as a single apartment. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, 28 Apr. 2021 The Woman in the Window, currently streaming on Netflix, is about a highly educated white woman who is too traumatized to leave her New York brownstone and stays inside all day emptying wine glasses and watching classic thrillers. Ross Douthat, National Review, 27 May 2021 The shut-in turned amateur sleuth here is Dr. Anna Fox (Adams), a child psychologist waiting out a severe case of agoraphobia in her multi-story New York brownstone. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 This 1899-built brownstone is one of four nearly identical ones on a leafy stretch of Jefferson Avenue just off Ralph. Jenny Xie, Curbed, 11 May 2021 Penny Knops recently acquired a galvanized-steel stock tank, measuring 7 feet in diameter and costing about $1,500 with shipping, for the backyard of her brownstone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Charles Passy, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Take this Harlem brownstone, home to a couple and their teenage daughter (their other two daughters have already flown the nest). Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, 28 Apr. 2021 Housed in a five story brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Fivestory was a mecca for young, wealthy fashion influencers looking for hard to find, cutting-edge clothing and accessories. Bettina Zilkha, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 If a hot-pink brownstone can become enough of a local phenomenon that repainting it brown is newsworthy, why can’t a Billy Joel apartment building become a local landmark? Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of brownstone

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2021

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“Brownstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brownstone

: a reddish-brown type of stone that is used for building
US : a house that is covered with a layer of brownstone


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