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

Stein scooped them all up and marched them downstairs to the children’s section herself. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "Moms start companies to fill demand for Spanish-language children’s books," 4 Dec. 2018 In the center of Mid-Market, downstairs from Twitter, is a buzzing grocery store and food court called the Market. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco officials to tech workers: Leave the office, buy your lunch," 31 July 2018 Responding to a question from Shaker Square Alliance Director Chip Bromley, Jacobs said that while the freezers are still downstairs from Heinen's meat-packing facility, there are no remnants of the former Shaker Lanes bowling alley. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "New owner of Shaker Square's Van Aken section plans to go "vertical"," 17 Apr. 2018 Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is another cozy spot for a burger and a beer, and on Friday nights the bar downstairs offers live music. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 Each building will have three apartments downstairs and seven upstairs. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you need to know about the 30 apartments and fitness center coming to Greenfield," 30 May 2018 His partner, Officer Robert Rialmo, shot LeGrier and also struck 55-year-old bystander Bettie Jones, who lived downstairs from LeGrier’s father. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop backs parts of partner's account of 2015 Quintonio LeGrier shooting," 25 June 2018 Signs noted that certain items such as Pine-sol and Clorox disinfecting wipes could be found downstairs in the new Kmart section, which also sold seasonal items such as wading pools. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Can't choose between Sears and Kmart? Now can get two-in-one," 19 June 2018 Heavenly Bodies’ at the Met Cloisters’s Cuxa Cloister Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art The coup of the exhibition resides downstairs in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In the downstairs sanctuary, Ms. Black found Rabbi Perlman sitting in the front row. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Inside the Pittsburgh Synagogue as Shots Rang," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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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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