curb·​stone | \ ˈkərb-ˌstōn How to pronounce curbstone (audio) \

Definition of curbstone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stone or edging of concrete forming a curb



Definition of curbstone (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : operating on the street without maintaining an office a curbstone broker
2 : not having the benefit of training or experience a curbstone critic

Examples of curbstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At both sites, huge curbstones – carved with spirals, crosshatches, bull's-eyes, and chevrons – add to the mystery. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Lesser-known bones: Rick Steves' guide to Europe’s most offbeat crypts and cemeteries," 13 Nov. 2019 At both sites, huge curbstones -- carved with spirals, crosshatches, bull's-eyes, and chevrons -- add to the mystery. Rick Steves,, "Europe’s dead still speak to the living," 25 Oct. 2019 The company’s digital copy mirrors the position of curbstones and driveways within centimeters, and textures like the grain of asphalt within millimeters. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of curbstone


1791, in the meaning defined above


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of curbstone was in 1791

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19 Nov 2019

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“Curbstone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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