: 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 stairsLewis Mumford
: a single step of a stairway

Example Sentences

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. See More
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈsta(ə)r How to pronounce stair (audio)
: a series of steps or flights of steps for passing from one level to another
often used in plural
ran down the stairs
: one step of a stairway

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