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 For example, runners tend to develop patellofemoral pain syndrome (known as runner’s knee), which causes a dull, achy pain in the kneecap when running uphill or going downstairs, as SELF previously reported. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "The 7 Best Stretches for Knee Pain," 16 Sep. 2020 Throughout the first week, Lundqvist popped downstairs every few hours. Washington Post, "School, but an ‘undead version’: Students, parents and teachers in Northern Virginia adjust to online learning," 15 Sep. 2020 Henderson went downstairs and found his son face down in a pool of blood in his bedroom. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Second suspect charged in Lino Lakes homicide," 11 Sep. 2020 The men argued, went downstairs, and Acevedo punched one of the other friends before falling to the floor where Mattioli put him in a chokehold and called 911. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspended MPD officer bound over for trial in off duty choke-hold death of Joel Acevedo," 31 Aug. 2020 Santiago picked him up, ran downstairs, and splashed water on the baby’s face: no response. Stephanie Clifford, The Atlantic, "When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse," 20 Aug. 2020 Dustin Falling came home from work one night and heard voices downstairs. Star Tribune, "Scoggins: Dylan died this summer and became 'a superhero'," 29 Aug. 2020 Rothberg came over to look into the problem, but Bean was already on his way downstairs to retrieve a set of replacement components that had been printed on the boat. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020 The resident went downstairs and spoke with a couple of building security guards after police arrived. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Man shot to death in CBD was out on bond in connection with accused identity theft ring," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One couple sits in the upstairs, open-air bar; four couples in the downstairs, outdoor bar; and no one inside the restaurant. Jenny Hart, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Cabo Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic — Here's What It Was Really Like," 16 Sep. 2020 The property's landlord found items that raised concern after the fire in the downstairs portion of the residence was extinguished, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the New York Police Department said. Anna Sturla, Jessica Prater, And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Authorities found materials that could be used to make explosives in a Queens home following a fire," 16 Sep. 2020 One of the home’s features that Teigen and Legend are already taking full advantage of is the downstairs wine cellar — although not for its intended purpose. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "All About John Legend & Chrissy Teigen’s Rental House — Including the Wine Cellar ‘Classroom!’," 15 Sep. 2020 The downstairs primary suite has a bathroom with separate vanities, a jetted tub and a large closet. Dallas News, "Nearly fall: time to enjoy outdoors," 13 Sep. 2020 At that point, the downstairs neighbor threw a cup of coffee in her face. John Benson, cleveland, "Woman watering flowers on balcony drenches downstairs neighbor: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 9 Sep. 2020 The downstairs room will continue as a restaurant, though with a new artistic flair. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Blue Star hopes to bring new life to Church Street," 9 Sep. 2020 The 2,100-square-foot home, with a downstairs office, sits on 2.5 acres and is minutes from Highway 101 and a 10-minute drive to Eureka and Arcata. oregonlive, "Work from someone else’s Oregon home: Book an office getaway," 7 Aug. 2020 My Lovely Wife and I decided to hang 10 pictures in our featureless downstairs powder room. Washington Post, "Archaeology of Washington retail is in our basements, attics and garages," 6 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction My downstairs, including an office, guest room and laundry room, does not. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Think decorating with neutrals is boring? Think again.," 13 Aug. 2020 According to radio logs from Lakewood police, a woman who lives in the home told police that her husband was being loud and making a lot of noise in the downstairs of the home. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine: Man killed in Lakewood was a doctor at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction," 13 Aug. 2020 Understandably, the boyfriend freaks out and chases Clay downstairs and grabs him. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020

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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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The first known use of downstairs was in 1598

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22 Sep 2020

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“Downstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downstairs. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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downstairs

adverb
How to pronounce downstairs (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of downstairs

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to a lower floor of a building

downstairs

adjective
How to pronounce downstairs (audio)

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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