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belowstairs

adverb be·low·stairs \ bi-¦lō-¦sterz , bē- \

Definition of belowstairs

: downstairs
  • many works … kept belowstairs … are accessible only on demand
  • —Denys Sutton

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Origin and Etymology of belowstairs

2below + stairs


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belowstairs

adjective be·low·stairs \ bi-¦lō-¦sterz , bē- \

Definition of belowstairs

1 : on a lower floor
  • the servants' quarters are belowstairs
2 : common, unrefined
  • a belowstairs love affair

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