brownstone

noun
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.
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First Known Use of brownstone

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2020

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“Brownstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownstone. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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brownstone

noun
How to pronounce brownstone (audio)

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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