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

Examples of ground floor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while successful launches such as Louisville City FC underscore the broadening appeal and financial potential of the sport, the rush to get in on the ground floor has resulted in numerous casualties. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The pandemic isn't the only reason for the constant churn facing the USL," 15 Nov. 2020 The best way to see how big this could get is to get in on the ground floor. Christian Holub,, "The best new comics to read in November: Crossing streams, eternal recurrence," 10 Nov. 2020 On the ground floor was a handy restaurant, a barber shop and a tailor’s shop. Paula Allen,, "Grand staircase remembered from childhood not likely at San Antonio’s business-oriented Continental hotel," 7 Nov. 2020 The other room on the ground floor is set up like like a living room in the ’80s, complete with a CR2 television. Charlotte Stefanski, USA TODAY, "Painter Bob Ross' former Indiana studio hosts Ross exhibit," 7 Nov. 2020 The apartments will range in size from 454-square-foot studios to 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom units on the upper three floors, with commercial space and common areas on the ground floor, and 287 parking spaces. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Apartments approved for old ranch site along Route 76 in Oceanside," 1 Nov. 2020 Having an elevator or a unit on the ground floor, preferably with a zero-step entry, is a good insurance policy against the vicissitudes of aging. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: 70-year-old weighs pros, cons of senior living rental vs. buying a condo," 31 Oct. 2020 On the ground floor, there will be conference rooms where residents can meet with outside visitors. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "TikTok Studios, Zoom Rooms and Co-Working Spaces Are the New Must-Have Home Amenities," 22 Oct. 2020 The acquisition comes on the heels of the restaurant group's September announcement of its new American and French-style bistro planned for the ground floor of the new City Club Apartments CBD in downtown Detroit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Owner of Andiamo chain acquires 3 metro Detroit restaurants," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ground floor

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ground floor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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