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

Police have clarified that a window in the living room downstairs was left open, not one in the bedroom upstairs where the girl was sleeping with her two siblings. NBC News, "Mom's voice recording to play in Malaysian jungle in search for 15-year-old London girl," 9 Aug. 2019 Police have clarified that a window in the living room downstairs was left open, not one in the bedroom upstairs where the girl was sleeping with her two siblings. Washington Post, "Malaysian trackers use mom’s voice in London girl’s search," 9 Aug. 2019 Lovingly remodeled in 2012, the National offers plenty of 21st-century comfort too, including pillow-top beds, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi — and a steakhouse downstairs. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Inn-Escapable: Peek inside Jackson’s grand National Hotel," 7 Aug. 2019 A few minutes later, a hotel worker came to bring them downstairs. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Witnesses describe Cape storm damage: ‘The winds started spiraling out of control’," 23 July 2019 Somehow, the dog escaped Saban’s room, made his way downstairs and found his owner. al, "Remember Nick Saban’s loose dog? Rewinding all 35 editions of SEC Media Days," 17 July 2019 Don’t miss the dessert room downstairs with every dulce under the sun. Nicole Fritton, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Perfect Capri Itinerary, All in 3 Days," 10 July 2019 Cute 1/2 bath located downstairs and all the bedrooms located upstairs. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1495 H Street Ramona," 18 July 2019 There are engineered wood floors downstairs and carpets upstairs. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon: Garden Isle townhome," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The downstairs shelves house items that both reflect their Cardinal fandom and hold special memories. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Al fresco backyard makes this St. Matthews home an entertainment mecca," 25 July 2019 The final straw was waking up to a racket coming from the downstairs bedroom window at 5 o’clock in the morning. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Would you please get those barges out of there, so we can see the river?," 21 July 2019 There’s another picture, in the downstairs wing at Wild Card Boxing, where Roach trains elite fighters in a former laundromat. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Many Stages of Manny: How Pacquiao Keeps Reinventing Himself," 16 July 2019 The countertops were thick quartz; the downstairs floors were sturdy ceramic tile; Hampton Bay ceiling fans whirred in the living room and master bedroom. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire," 21 June 2019 The fire started in a downstairs unit and spread to an upstairs unit. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Antioch fire sends two people to hospital," 28 June 2019 The upstairs pop-top boasts a queen size bed and three zippered windows, and the downstairs bed fits two adults. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modular camper van sleeps a family and fits in a garage," 27 June 2019 Council on June 24 granted a conditional use permit for the rooftop bar, which will have a separate entrance from the downstairs restaurant, although staff will be able to run food from a specialized menu upstairs. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights council gets update on proposed Outdoor Refreshment Area in Van Aken District," 25 June 2019 The popularity of the downstairs showroom has been a boon for the restaurant above, of course. New York Times, "Long Before ‘Drag Race,’ There Was Mr. Dan," 14 June 2019

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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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