stair·case | \ˈster-ˌkās \

Definition of staircase 

1 : the structure containing a stairway

2 : a flight of stairs with the supporting framework, casing, and balusters

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Another home in Dallas is reminiscent of an art museum with large floor-to-ceiling arcs along the front of the home, a beautiful double staircase, and a cabana and tennis court. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Take a look at the most expensive homes for sale in Texas," 11 July 2018 Stash your belongings in a locker and change into a swimsuit and robe before descending a candlelit staircase to the salt pool in the oldest part of the spa. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 To get to the exhibit room, visitors descend a staircase where the skeleton of an acromegalic person – one suffering from a growth disorder resulting from a faulty pituitary gland – is exhibited. Susan Dunne,, "Yale's Cushing Library Is A Brainiac's Dream Come True," 2 May 2018 Grande tweeted a black-and-white photo of herself descending that staircase and gave fans a peek into the mystery behind her video's gravity-defying cinematography. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Teases Behind the Scenes Video For 'No Tears Left to Cry' With Sultry Photo," 23 Apr. 2018 To find it, just descend the staircase tucked between the entrance to B Side Liquor Lounge and The Inn on Coventry. Nikki Delamotte,, "Coventry's La Cave du Vin launches vegan Mondays," 22 Jan. 2018 Up a winding staircase, the master suite opens to a covered balcony. Jack Flemming,, "Los Feliz estate owned by former Oprah Winfrey Network head lists with a new look," 26 June 2018 One of the blacks led me up a grand staircase . . . Ben Yagoda, WSJ, "An Appreciation: Tom Wolfe," 18 May 2018 Earlier that morning, McKee sat inside her cramped 12th-story office at the VA hospital in Jamaica Plain, five miles away from the Bruins’ home rink at TD Garden, across the alley and up the staircase from all the brains. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of staircase

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of staircase was in 1624

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English Language Learners Definition of staircase

: a set of stairs and its supporting structures


stair·case | \ˈster-ˌkās \

Kids Definition of staircase

: a flight of steps with their supporting structure and railings

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