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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The groups are preparing to renovate a ground floor space at city hall that has a door opening onto Prospect Street. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Re-Entry Center To Open At City Hall This Summer," 1 May 2018 When her husband fell ill during the Great Depression, Dunbar opened a restaurant in the ground floor of their elegant home at 1716 St. Charles Ave. Todd A. Price,, "Do you remember Corinne Dunbar's? A lost New Orleans restaurant," 1 May 2018 So let this be a warning ... The new restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Scott at Brush Park, a two-year-old $65-million luxury apartment building currently for sale by the developer, according to Crain's. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 The house’s sculptural centerpiece is a guardrail made of raw steel bars welded at random angles, which runs continuously from the ground floor to the roof deck. Diane M. Fiske,, "Former Philly warehouse is transformed into an industrial-style home," 11 July 2018 The Kitchen is in the ground floor of the Andrews Building at Main and Arch streets, diagonally across from the Trinity on Main performing arts center and an easy walk from Central Park or the courts complex. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "The Kitchen Joins Restaurant Lineup in Downtown New Britain," 16 May 2018 The heart of its three-story building features a traditional copper still that reaches up from the ground floor, reflecting the set-up at dozens of other distilleries statewide. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's newest distillery is a 'modern monument' to bourbon industry," 1 May 2018 The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will have a private elevator to take diners from the ground floor to the second-level, fine dining space. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Musaafer set to open late fall at Galleria," 26 Apr. 2018 The project would include an urgent care center and an imaging diagnostic facility on the ground floor. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Hallandale Beach may get 8-story medical building," 12 July 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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