downstairs

adverb
down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz \

Definition of downstairs 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: down the stairs : on or to a lower floor

downstairs

adjective
down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˌsterz \

Definition of downstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: situated on the main, lower, or ground floor of a building

down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˈ, ˈdau̇n-ˌ\

Definition of downstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the lower floor of a building

Examples of downstairs in a Sentence

Adverb

He ran downstairs to answer the door. He lives downstairs from us. “Where are the kids?” “They're downstairs.”

Adjective

There are five downstairs rooms.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

While the mezzanine restaurant is reserved for more formal dinners, the lobby restaurant downstairs served a more casual menu throughout the day. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "In the mood for tacos and fine wine? Details on this weekend's Baja Market L.A. festival," 26 June 2018 My father rushed downstairs to see what was going on. WSJ, "New Yorker Illustrator R.O. Blechman Remembers the Youthful Crush That Inspired His Art," 22 Mar. 2018 When a woman pushed an empty baby pram toward the fire, my mother handed my brother to my father and ran downstairs to retrieve it. Rachel Kushner, The New Yorker, "Finding Yourself in Film," 4 June 2017 These are the new bags from the store downstairs . . Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg Discusses What It Means to Be a Power Woman With Designer, Activist, and DVF Award Winner Ariela Suster," 30 May 2018 Officers arrived to the house after receiving Rodriguez’s call, WTOP reports, and found the 45-year-old had cuts on his hands while his wife was downstairs with several apparent stab wounds. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Man shackled sleeping wife and kept stabbing her — then said he was attacked, Maryland police say | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018 Her husband was asleep downstairs at the time at the family's Darlington home, about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Mom who killed kids hours after husband filed for divorce is sentenced to 120 years," 19 Mar. 2018 Pro tip: The bar upstairs is typically less crowded than the one downstairs. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Drake night? Kanye night? Which of Philly's single artist parties is worth the cover," 8 Mar. 2018 Now downstairs, the new, more inconspicuous space features red walls juxtaposed by cream couches and geometric coffee tables. Arielle Paul, latimes.com, "My Favorite Room: David Gebbia loosens up in his 'burlesque room'," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Tonight his openness extended beyond Björk to the 23-year-old British artist Isabella Cotier, who presented a cool Gucci Garden–exclusive collaboration of sweats, hoodies, totes, and tees in the downstairs space. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "The Gucci Garden Expands With Projects by Björk and Artist Isabella Cotier," 12 June 2018 Police indicated that the home’s downstairs entrance door and the second-floor apartment door were kicked in. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Police investigating 11-year-old boy's shooting death as homicide," 6 June 2018 She was forced to get on all fours, wincing and cursing, to descend a spiral staircase to the downstairs bedroom. Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 As firefighters descended down several flights of stairs toward the beach, the began encountering more intense smoke, and eventually found that the fire was coming from a clothes dryer adjacent to a downstairs bedroom. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fire in Oceanside rental displaces vacationing families; woman suffers smoke inhalation," 1 Apr. 2018 On the night of the murders, Daniel London heard the the gunshots that killed his parents from a downstairs bedroom in their home. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Getaway driver in Lake Wylie murders asks judge to let her voice be heard | Charlotte Observer," 29 Mar. 2018 The victim was able to escape when the assailants left the apartment to confront a downstairs neighbor who had called police to complain about noise. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man sentenced for hate crime in live-streamed beating of mentally disabled teen," 6 July 2018 At the beginning of the event, there was a short yoga class in the downstairs studio. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Afro Flow Yoga Helped Me Connect to the Rhythm of My Ancestors and View Fitness in a New Way," 1 July 2018 The Alumni Club will be bigger than the Varsity Club, featuring 16 taps compared to the Varsity's 6, a downstairs area for overflow seating and party rentals, and a similar but slightly larger menu. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alumni Club in Menomonee Falls nears completion," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of downstairs

Adverb

1596, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1819, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1843, in the meaning defined above

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downstairs

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downstairs

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to a lower floor of a building

downstairs

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of downstairs (Entry 2 of 2)

: located on a lower, main, or first floor of a building

downstairs

adverb
down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz \

Kids Definition of downstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: down the stairs : on or to a lower floor The children are playing downstairs.

downstairs

adjective
down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˌsterz \

Kids Definition of downstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: situated on a lower floor or on the main or first floor the downstairs bathroom

downstairs

noun
down·stairs | \ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz \

Kids Definition of downstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the lower floor of a building The downstairs has been refinished.

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