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 Silver Ventures is preparing to start work on a seven-story building at 1126 E. Elmira St. that will include 263 residential units, live-work units on the ground floor and some retail. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 Legend has it that Simone De Beauvoir was first attracted to the café when the owner installed a powerful heater on the ground floor to warm up the gray Paris winters. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 Oceanside’s last strip club, The Main Attraction, has been leveled to make way for a five-story, 309-apartment building with retail shops on the ground floor. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, on the ground floor, the M+ mediatheque hub houses a suite of screens and viewing booths where visitors can browse the museum's library of over 250 videos, as well as explore video games, immersive virtual reality, and digital art. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2021 On the ground floor, the Shins installed a master bedroom and bath, a laundry room and another walk-in closet that also serves as a sewing room for Amanda. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The main bedroom suite, on the ground floor, has sliding glass doors that open to a courtyard with a shaded seating nook and a second pool. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 In her campaign, Sladek advocated for requiring developers wanting to build high-rise apartment buildings to have only commercial or office-space on the ground floor and the upper floors as residential. Martin E. Comas,, 2 Nov. 2021 Other building tenants include Gordon Feinblatt, CPower Energy Management and a Sephora store that opened on the ground floor. Lorraine Mirabella,, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of ground floor

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2021

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“Ground floor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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