Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A naturally rounded paving stone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rounded stone from a river bed, fit for use as ballast in ships and for paving roads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large pebble; a rounded stone not too large to be handled; a small boulder; -- used for paving streets and for other purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cobble or rounded stone; especially, such a stone used in paving.
  • To pave with cobblestones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pave with cobblestones
  • n. rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads

Etymologies

Middle English cobelston : obsolete cobel, probably diminutive of cob, round object; see cob + Middle English ston, stone, stone; see stone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kobilstane, from cobble (probably a diminutive of one of various words cob, presumed to stem from a Proto-Germanic root kubb- "something rounded") + Old English stan ("stone") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "If you have not had your fill of ghost-ridden heroes, needy orphans, and foggy nights in cobblestone streets, this sequel - with its breakneck plot, colorful characters, and the reappearance of Scrooge and the Cratchits - will fill the bill."

    Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard: Book summary

  • This type of cobblestone is typical on the hillsides even when fronting million dollar homes.

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- wintering in San Miguel de Allende

  • Rubén was correct in his explanation of a "cobblestone" street.

    Empedradillo

  • Winding our way through the city streets, the jangle of harnesses and the steady clop of our horses’ hooves on the cobblestone were the only sounds.

    Belle

  • When they stepped from their carriages onto the cobblestone streets, they could see that they were in for a very long war.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • One rainy day I walked to an out-of-the-way section of town where the buildings were old, and the streets were cobblestone.

    Still Life

  • You won't find many grand colonial homes and winding cobblestone streets as in some areas of the mainland, nor is there a large indigenous Mexican population.

    Help appreciated in location choice!

  • This is an extremely quiet neighborhood, with artists 'studios and a health food store along the cobblestone streets and I've seen places for rent and sale nearby.

    Page 3

  • Or the cobblestone-streeted one south of the Rio Cuale, with little cafes and bougainvillea-covered hillsides?

    Help appreciated in location choice!

  • The village of Zirahuén is a small collection of homes and resident serving tiendas (shops) laid out in a patchwork of dirt, cobblestone and gravel roads.

    Zirahuen, Michoacan: Mexico's Walden Pond

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  • Great comment, rolig. I love bulyzhnik!

    November 27, 2007

  • In Russian, the word for cobblestone is "bulyzhnik," a lovely roundish word that fits nicely in the hand of a revolutionary. In Slovene, the humble cobblestone is the more angular "tlakovec" (the final "c" is pronounced as "ts"), a word that still seems to carry the echoes of horse hooves and carriage wheels.

    November 26, 2007

  • slow down, you move too fast
    you got to make the morning last
    just kicking down the cobble stones...
    (Simon & Garfunkel)

    September 25, 2007

  • These are downright obnoxious when they're too rounded; I can see why they went out of fashion.

    August 20, 2007