downstairs

adverb
down·​stairs | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz How to pronounce downstairs (audio) \

Definition of downstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: down the stairs : on or to a lower floor

downstairs

adjective
down·​stairs | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌsterz How to pronounce downstairs (audio) \

Definition of downstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: situated on the main, lower, or ground floor of a building
down·​stairs | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz How to pronounce downstairs (audio) , ˈdau̇n-ˌsterz\

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

Alert reopened about two months later under the unwritten rule that single men sit downstairs and women and... Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "New Social Rules Leave Saudis Confused About How to Behave," 31 Mar. 2019 This causes Beth to put blankets on the couch downstairs and totally disregard her husband. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Craziest Season 3 'This Is Us' Fan Theories on the Internet," 19 Mar. 2019 Matt provided such a safe calm strength, my mommy and sissy were there to cheer me on, and of course my birth angels to make sure all was well and big brother (downstairs deep in legos). Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Just Shared an Intimate Video of Her Daughter's Home Water Birth," 25 Mar. 2019 Next, head downstairs to Mario’s for Greek salad, skewers of shrimp, and tzatziki made with black garlic. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 2018 Then head downstairs to the New Era Ballroom to see local legends like Regi Wooten play their take on old-school rhythm and blues. Andrea Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country)," 18 May 2018 The players cleaned up the bench area before heading downstairs to a jubilant locker room. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "KCK basketball team has a starting five, one sub and plenty of life lessons," 8 Feb. 2018 With no expertise in the industry, the Arnolds decided to solve the problem by opening a restaurant, and redesigned the plans to have an eatery downstairs, and living space above it. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018 And not to worry, there is a gorgeous bar downstairs serving you a midnight espresso to prepare you for your late-night write-up. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Going to the Oscars? The Best L.A. Hotels for Every Hollywood Type," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The 40-minute distillery tour includes a comprehensive Jameson history, a comparative tasting, and a drink on the house at JJ's Bar, the downstairs whiskey bar that's seemingly always rowdy. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things to Do in Dublin For Everyone," 19 June 2018 In your room, a Swiss pine headboard, cowhide rug, and subdued greys balance the joyful quirk of the downstairs lobby. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Vagisil's version is far from the only downstairs spray out there — versions exist from a brand named Coochy (kill me), Summer's Eve (which has a scent named Tropical Rain), and more. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dry Shampoo For Your Vagina Exists, and You Do Not Need It," 13 Mar. 2019 The couple jointed other A-list guests at an annual pre-BAFTAs gathering hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel, which took place at the private club 5 Hertford Street and its downstairs club, Loulou's, WWD reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Looked So Chic in All-White Chanel for a Night Out with Bradley Cooper," 11 Feb. 2019 Minkler’s body was apparently dragged to a downstairs closet after he was shot dead in the kitchen, according to the probable cause arrest report for Caruso and Harlan. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Las Vegas teen, 16, dies during game of 'Russian roulette' in abandoned home," 13 June 2018 Visitors to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck earlier this month got a sneak peek of Rifle Paper Co.'s new wallpaper line while touring the 2014 Country Living House of the Year—theRosa pattern is covering the walls of the downstairs bathroom! Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Is This the Prettiest Wallpaper Ever?," 26 June 2014 Rothmans, an upscale men’s specialty store in Manhattan, once sold its suits in a separate downstairs area. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dressing for Deals, Wall Street Bankers Face Fashion Pitfalls," 12 Jan. 2019 The industrial-swank downstairs area is always buzzing, and an upstairs lounge has a pool table and balcony views to the downstairs area. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Bars in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of downstairs

Adverb

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1702, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1841, 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 How to pronounce downstairs (audio) \

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 How to pronounce downstairs (audio) \

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 How to pronounce downstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of downstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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