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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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 On the ground floor, close to the entrance, is a humble computer lab. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 The home also features a den with yet another fireplace, a gym on the ground floor and a sun deck to take in your surroundings. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Moby’s midcentury gem outside NYC hits the market for $1.3M," 24 July 2018 The space is divided equally between the ground floor and a usable basement. New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 3 July 2018 Plans for the renovation are still vague, but Ford expects to use the ground floor for cafés, restaurants, shops and performance venues and to turn the higher floors into office space. The Economist, "Ford has ambitious plans for Detroit’s most beautiful ruin," 21 June 2018 That design spreads the building’s bulk into the lower levels, including filling in the ground floor rather than leaving it open. Brittany Wallman,, "Taller Alexan tower is better fit for skyline, Fort Lauderdale staff says," 19 June 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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