brownstone

noun
brown·​stone | \-ˌstōn \

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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The 6,880-square-foot brownstone, built around 1895 as a single-family home, has eight market-rate apartments: six two-bedrooms, of which two have private roof decks; a three-bedroom with a side yard; and a four-bedroom with a backyard. New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 26 June 2018 That year Santa brought us a miniature brownstone, tea shop and cafe. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "On the town — or in this house, many towns," 3 July 2018 According to the New York Times, the historic Harlem brownstone that Angelou purchased in 2002, has been listed for $5.1 million. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Maya Angelou's Former Harlem Home Was Just Listed For $5.1 Million," 1 Feb. 2016 Manafort allegedly bought Range Rovers (four of them in five years), a Mercedes, art, audio-video systems, a condo, a Manhattan brownstone and his Alexandria house. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Inside the Manafort money machine: A decade of influence-peddling, lavish spending and alleged fraud," 23 Feb. 2018 All of the fraternities are stationed in brownstones along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, near Kenmore Square and the easternmost part of Boston University’s campus. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018 Manafort allegedly bought Range Rovers (four of them in five years), a Mercedes, art, audio-video systems, a condo, a Manhattan brownstone and his Alexandria house. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Inside the Manafort money machine: A decade of influence-peddling, lavish spending and alleged fraud," 23 Feb. 2018 Bespoke Streetwear December brought an exciting announcement for fashion nerds: Dapper Dan, the father of luxury streetwear, would team up with Gucci to open an appointment-only atelier in a brownstone on Lenox Avenue. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "The Best of New York Shopping 2018," 4 Mar. 2018 According to The Real Deal, Obama and his then girlfriend occupied the top floor of the brownstone upon graduating from Columbia University in the 1980s, though the home is now occupied as a single family residence. Neesha Arter, ELLE Decor, "Barack Obama's Former House In Brooklyn Is On The Market For $4.3M," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of brownstone

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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brownstone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brownstone

: a reddish-brown type of stone that is used for building

: a house that is covered with a layer of brownstone

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