downstairs

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adverb

down·​stairs ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz How to pronounce downstairs (audio)
: down the stairs : on or to a lower floor

downstairs

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adjective

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

downstairs

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noun

down·​stairs ˈdau̇n-ˈsterz How to pronounce downstairs (audio)
ˈdau̇n-ˌsterz
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the lower floor of a building

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
And from an hour after the Christmas Story House & Museum closes downstairs, visitors can make use of the whole house until 9 a.m. the following day. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2022 Then, run along the path to the mechanical room, through the mechanical room and downstairs to a bathroom. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2022 The man, who allegedly came in through the sliding door and jumped on top of her, looked through her valuables and guided her downstairs to get her purse to rob her. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 And since there is a multitude of places to quaff good craft beer in Ohio City – including Pioneer downstairs from Jaja, Market Garden Brewery across the street, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Marc Bona, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2022 While not large, the primary bedroom downstairs is a sanctuary for the couple. Stacie Stukin, ELLE Decor, 21 Sep. 2022 Nancy Woodhull, managing editor for News, would sneak downstairs every night from the newsroom to see her 18-month-old daughter for 45 minutes – or less, when duty called. USA Today, 14 Sep. 2022 With two bedrooms and one bathroom downstairs, most people might have made their sleeping quarters on the first level. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 29 Aug. 2022 Workers are redesigning the Impact Sports Bar & Grill beside the main plaza and the private Chairman’s Club downstairs. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2022
Adjective
Firefighters received a call about smoke coming from a downstairs unit at Westside Creek Apartments at 4710 Sam Peck Road just after 6:30 a.m., Little Rock Fire Capt. The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2022 Spoke to people who’ve worked with her, and for her, either on an upstairs capacity or a downstairs capacity. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 17 Nov. 2022 Iashvili killed himself upstairs at the Tiflis Writers’ Union on July 22, 1937, with a hunting gun to the head, while downstairs members debated his expulsion and arrest. Maya Jaggi, The New York Review of Books, 9 Nov. 2022 The downstairs bath has a tub/shower combination, vinyl flooring, bead board wainscoting, and a porcelain pedestal sink. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Nov. 2022 And if there’s a bit less emphasis on the resort staff this time, Valentina, Portia, Lucia, and Mia combine to create a downstairs counterpoint to the obnoxious upstairs lives of Cameron and the others. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2022 At the home, police found an open safe in the downstairs office. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 The main antagonist is the Primms’ downstairs neighbor, the spot-on-named Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman) — who would love nothing more than to get the entire family evicted. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 According to the criminal complaint: Around 9 p.m. on July 8, Grant got into an argument with his downstairs neighbor in the 6500 block of West Carmen Avenue. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2022
Noun
Though most of the building is reserved as a private members club, the rooftop space and the new Lemon Grove restaurant downstairs are open to the public. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Oct. 2022 The rear entrances for the split-level decks are wide open, allowing excellent visibility of the stern and sea from anywhere inside, but also creating a clear link between upstairs and downstairs. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2022 Five bedroom suites are spread across two stories: three upstairs and two downstairs. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 In a crowded downstairs of a building at the resort, an A&M official asked Gates and me to head with him upstairs for an extended visit. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 12 July 2022 When bathroom piping was replaced, multiple residents were left without toilets and working showers, forced to wash themselves in sinks and use a communal bathroom downstairs or temporary toilets in their living rooms. Katie Herchenroeder, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 There’s a main level and a lower level, with walk-in closets, separate security systems for the upstairs and downstairs and other amenities, according to its Zillow listing. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 10 Jan. 2022 The downstairs, which has 34 countertop seats and 20 seats in the dining room, features ultra-gourmet fair, while the upstairs covered roof deck offers a more casual experience. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2021 Harris’ choices downstairs strike a different tone, including artwork of John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising black-gloved fists at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1702, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downstairs was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Downstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downstairs. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

downstairs 1 of 3

adverb

down·​stairs ˈdau̇n-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce downstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz
: down the stairs : on or to a lower floor

downstairs

2 of 3

adjective

down·​stairs -ˌsta(ə)rz How to pronounce downstairs (audio)
-ˌste(ə)rz
: situated on a lower level or on the main or first floor

downstairs

3 of 3

noun singular or plural

down·​stairs ˈdau̇n-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce downstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz,
-ˌsta(ə)rz,
-ˌste(ə)rz
: the lower floor of a building

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