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 plural but singular or plural in constructiona 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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Recent Examples on the Web One of the kids screamed and tripped up the side stairs, eyes as big as the moon. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "'Nancy' the chicken has squatted at my house. She needs to find her own flock.," 12 Sep. 2019 The stairs are right next to the walkway that goes over the river and to the stadium. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Milwaukee’s Secret Salmon Runs," 10 Sep. 2019 The stairs in the sleeping quarters led to the galley. Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, "Boat where 34 died was a ‘fire trap’ despite passing inspections, experts say. It’s far from alone," 7 Sep. 2019 That firefighter also found blood along the stairs, leading fire personnel to Lopez, who was passed out at the top of the staircase. Pomerado News, "Trial continues for Rancho Bernardo man accused of sparking fatal fire," 6 Sep. 2019 This is a place for a couple to hunker down—the Airbnb's only bedroom is set beneath the zig-zag of stairs leading to the apartment above, with a surprisingly large ensuite bathroom. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Edinburgh: A Minimalist Haven in Old Town," 6 Sep. 2019 The first floor served as the waiting room; the second, reached via stairs in the kitchen, was the office. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Farmhand quarters serve as office suite in Needham antique," 21 Aug. 2019 Her family members, who had traveled from China to search for her, stand surrounded by a crowd, while Christensen stands on stairs in the background. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "Jury begins deliberations on possible death penalty for U. of I. killer Brendt Christensen," 17 July 2019 Groups of volunteers hand out flyers at subway stations and Greenmarkets, persuade bodega owners to put up Cabán posters in their windows, and climb the stairs in apartment buildings to knock on doors. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán’s Feminist Coalition," 4 June 2019

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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
How to pronounce stair (audio)

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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