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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This amusing, if talky tale of the breakup between Nate (Sills-Evans), a club DJ and barber, and schoolteacher Melissa (Devin Nelson) is set largely in a brownstone apartment in the filmmaker’s hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: Once it finds its groove, ‘One Bedroom’ shows off some fresh moves," 11 July 2019 Even Park Slope had apparently turned into a bourgeois hell of first-time home buyers bent on pretending their townhomes were brownstones on the Upper East Side. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 The unusual venue is a 160-foot-long tunnel made of brick and brownstone that burrows into a hillside of the sprawling cemetery. Washington Post, "Purcell opera performed in cemetery catacombs," 4 June 2019 Bobby comes ominously a-knocking on Chuck’s Brooklyn brownstone like some Wall Street grim reaper, finally cashing in on their pledge for mutual revenge. Elena Nicolaou,, "Billions Season 4 Finale Recap: Et Tu, Bobby?," 4 June 2019 Despite the updates, the brownstone still retains its roots. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Four-Story Brooklyn Brownstone Is Traditional—With a Twist," 18 Mar. 2019 Groups of teenage students lined up outside Elander Williams’s brownstone in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn last month for an intimate tour of her cellar. Agaton Strom For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "A Bedford-Stuyvesant Brownstone Houses the History of the Black Experience in America," 3 Mar. 2019 The house, with four stories plus a basement, was built on the site of an older brownstone building in 1909. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Turkish Tycoon Pays $22.9 Million for Midtown Townhouse," 9 Dec. 2018 Cynthia Rowley’s West Village brownstone is definitely a fun house. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cynthia Rowley’s West Village Home Is Full of Unconventional Delights," 29 June 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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