brown·​stone | \ ˈbrau̇n-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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Bonsignore, 34, covers the Back Bay, Chinatown, and South Boston, where installations in brownstone apartments and high rises can be especially challenging. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "She’s pulling the plug on the ‘cable guy’ stereotype," 1 June 2018 In New York, bombers hit Judge Charles C. Nott’s East 61st Street brownstone with 20 pounds of dynamite and blew 70-year-old night watchman William Boehner to pieces. David Pietrusza, WSJ, "Bombs in the Mail Bring Echoes of Anarchism," 2 Nov. 2018 Although, there are many who can only be convinced to head to Brooklyn for birthday parties of their very best friends, brownstone house warmings of their very best friends—and Alexander Wang runway shows, apparently. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang Takes Show on The Road," 15 Jan. 2014 The Bed-Stuy brownstone’s seller, Claudia Moran, 76, purchased the building 32 years ago. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Historic Townhouse Sale in Bed-Stuy Smashes Record," 6 Sep. 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of brownstone

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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