stair

noun
\ ˈster How to pronounce stair (audio) \

Definition of stair

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for passing from one level to another often used in pl. but singular or plural in construction a narrow private stairs— Lewis Mumford
2 : a single step of a stairway

Examples of stair in a Sentence

She ran down the stairs. He waited at the foot of the stairs. She slipped and fell down the stairs. The stairs lead to the roof. We had to climb another flight of stairs to get to the roof. He tripped on the bottom stair and almost fell.
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Was this the night that Karl’s great friend Princess Caroline of Monaco stood on the stairs, each tread lit with a scented candle, and started reciting Coleridge, perfect to the word? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 When Joe appears behind her on the stairs, her death appears inevitable. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Beck Really Dead on You—Or Could Joe's Ex Be Back for Season 2?," 27 Jan. 2019 Snow pushers don’t work in tight spots, corners, or on stairs, of course. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shovel Snow and Which Shovel to Use," 28 Nov. 2018 This means soft floors, ramps, and waterproof coating on stairs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern house is designed to support a dog’s health needs," 11 July 2018 Vita and her brother would also play cards on the stairs going up to the roof and try to sneak into the 5 cent movies as often as possible. courant.com, "Vita Gray," 10 July 2018 In a touching moment between manager and player, Klopp looked thrilled to meet his new signing on the stairs and greeted him with joy, as seen in a video posted to Liverpool FC's official Twitter page. SI.com, "Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Welcomes New Signing Naby Keita to Melwood Ahead of Pre-Season," 2 July 2018 When Jack gets to the elevator, he banks left, opens the door, and heads on up the stairs. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "She did what she could to keep her 99-year-old dad from skydiving. He jumped anyway.," 28 June 2018 At one point, the whole cast performs on the stairs behind us wearing three-piece suits. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of stair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stair

Middle English steir, from Old English stǣger; akin to Old English & Old High German stīgan to rise, Greek steichein to walk

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The first known use of stair was before the 12th century

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stair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stair

: a series of steps that go from one level or floor to another
: one of the steps in a set of stairs

stair

noun
\ ˈster How to pronounce stair (audio) \

Kids Definition of stair

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for going from one level to another often used in pl. Children ran down the stairs.
2 : one step of a stairway

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