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

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 Enter through the door in the alley marked as a tobacco shop to head downstairs to a modern lounge inspired by the 1960s British Invasion. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Popping the cork on the best 'secret,' speakeasy-style bars in Chicago," 18 July 2017 The following morning, my mom heard me downstairs hysterically crying in the family room and unable to move. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "What Appendicitis Really Feels Like, From 13 People Who Have Been There," 16 Oct. 2018 The king lived downstairs and didn’t seem inclined to change the existing old-fashioned scheme, whilst his wife’s apartments upstairs were soon redecorated in the height of fashionable taste. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 The home’s main three bedrooms and three bathrooms are located upstairs, while an office and fourth bath downstairs has a separate exit and could be leased out for extra income. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container house in the desert asks $610K," 19 Sep. 2018 The brother slept in Roberts’ downstairs unit that night. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Jury weighs fate of SF man accused of beating ex-girlfriend to death," 18 June 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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