brownstone

noun

brown·​stone ˈbrau̇n-ˌstōn How to pronounce brownstone (audio)
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 Terry Goon is keeping strict quarantine in his ex-husband’s Brooklyn brownstone while caring for his nephew — a 19-year-old model from Morocco named Bahlul — bedridden in a full leg cast after an electric scooter accident. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023 Knowles and her son later moved to a brownstone apartment in Brooklyn before settling in New Orleans. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2023 The Elliot Place brownstones in Clinton Hill are compressed between modern slab high-rises. Cortne Bonilla, Essence, 13 Jan. 2024 The new salon — called Brooklyn High Low, the Parlor — can be found on the ground floor of a brownstone in Park Slope. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 In 1901, the brownstone was purchased and expanded upon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who used the residence as the living quarters for staff members of the organization. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 Bathrooms The Miraval brownstone has a powder room and two or three full bathrooms. Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 In many late-night gaming sessions in the depths of winter in a leaky old Boston brownstone, the Dell doubled as a space heater. Clifford Atiyeh, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 There’s a long tradition of communities disguising their own infrastructural needs — think, for instance, of the Brooklyn Heights brownstone that’s actually an MTA vent, or the unconvincing palm-tree cell towers that dot Southern California. Chris Stanton, Curbed, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brownstone was in 1846

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“Brownstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownstone. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

brownstone

noun
brown·​stone ˈbrau̇n-ˌstōn How to pronounce brownstone (audio)
1
: a reddish brown sandstone used for building
2
: a dwelling covered with a layer of brownstone
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