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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 plural 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Scores of protesters stayed at the building stairs, shouting slogans against the prime minister. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 2019 According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a teenage girl named Dnigma Howard is accusing the police, officers, and schools of violating her civil rights after she was allegedly beaten, dragged down a set of stairs, stun-gunned, and stepped on by two cops. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Police Are Facing a Lawsuit After Video Showed Officers Beating 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard," 12 Apr. 2019 Up the stairs to the fun bedrooms once occupied by certain ladies, and a few steps thence, into the king’s chamber. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Stephen Jones Sets Up Camp at Brighton Pavilion," 8 Feb. 2019 Another page boy, Louis de Givenchy, managed to flawlessly style out a trip up the chapel stairs, and now another moment from the children has become one of the best parts of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s big day. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Watch the Adorable Moment Princess Eugenie's Flower Girl Asked Sarah Ferguson if She's The Queen," 13 Oct. 2018 Charlotte and Givenchy,ascended the stairs of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor alongside Prince George, Lady Louise Windsor (in blue) and another of Princess Eugenie’s bridesmaids. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte and a Pageboy Fell Heading to the Chapel for Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 As a group, the new members ascended the stairs to the previously all-male meeting room and took an oath to support the society and the country. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "After 128 years, Christopher Columbus Italian Society now admits women," 9 Apr. 2018 In the lineup before a row of stairs made out of thick pads stood 6-year-old Valeed, who lives in one of the towers with his mother and four siblings. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "1 Neighborhood. 24 Kindergarten Classes. 40 Languages. (Some Miming Helps.)," 29 June 2018 On weekdays, black-robed wedding officiants float up and down the 45 stairs at San Francisco’s City Hall performing up to six ceremonies each hour in the Ceremonial Rotunda and other picturesque locations in the historical building. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rakhi Patel & Heren Patel,," 2 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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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


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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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