ground floor


Definition of ground floor

1 : the floor of a building most nearly on a level with the ground — compare first floor
2 : a favorable position or privileged opportunity usually obtained by early participants used especially in the phrase in on the ground floor

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Phase three of the extravaganza, a party back on the ground floor, saw many more arrivals. David Graver, Vogue, "Rimowa and Garage Magazine Celebrate Artist Alex Israel at a Frieze Los Angeles Fete," 19 Feb. 2019 China Mist may open a retail tea shop on the ground floor, with offices planned for the second story and residential on the third and fourth levels, Frenkel said. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst East Valley eyesores," 24 Dec. 2015 As for the smaller Reserve stores, only one has opened in the past two years, on the ground floor of Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson Reins In Predecessor’s Ambitions: ‘I’m Not Howard’," 7 Jan. 2019 People who have visited the pilot store, which opened in January on the ground floor of an Amazon building, will find largely the same experience at the new downtown store. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a second Go at cashierless convenience store in downtown Seattle," 25 Aug. 2018 Comparatively, all the animals in the world — seen in gray in the tower — are like a single retail shop (a trendy one, to be sure) on the ground floor. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Property records show that the 20-foot-wide building had five apartments, and an 1,800 square foot grocery and deli on the ground floor. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Two Girls Die in Brooklyn Fire," 9 Dec. 2018 On the ground floor, the living room flows into the courtyard, where there’s a concrete patio, lush garden, and small pool. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sliding walls open this modern house to the outdoors," 7 Nov. 2018 Both are situated on the ground floor just beneath The Lisboans, giving guests places to sleep, eat, and shop all in one. Cara Sanders, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Lisbon from the Duo Behind the City’s Coolest Boutique Hotel," 8 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ground floor

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ground floor

: the floor of a building that is at ground level

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