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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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Sectioned into 24 pieces, these original iron stairs can be found at museums around the world, including the Musée d'Orsay and Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, and the grounds of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Eiffel Tower's Original Staircase Is for Sale," 27 Nov. 2018 Imagine Priyanka descending from these stairs covered in Tiffany diamonds. Christopher Rosa, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Getting Married at the Umaid Bhawan Palace," 12 Nov. 2018 Imagine Priyanka descending from these stairs covered in Tiffany diamonds. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Getting Married in a Literal Palace," 12 Nov. 2018 Investigators said the arrests came after authorities found evidence showing that the report about Avalos falling down the stairs was untrue. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "California mother, boyfriend hit with 'murder and torture' charge in 10-year-old boy's death, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 To put that in perspective, 300 to 400 feet of elevation is like climbing about 25 to 35 flights of stairs (although not necessarily all at once). Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Take one of the latest challenges: shuffling up a set of stairs. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 The dress was also readjusted when the Eugenie reached the top of the stairs and prepared to enter the chapel. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Fixed Princess Eugenie's Train Before They Headed Into St. George's Chapel," 12 Oct. 2018 Down the halls following an escort, up broad stairs, into the pavilion. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of stair

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

: one of the steps in a set of stairs


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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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