stair·​case | \ ˈster-ˌkās How to pronounce staircase (audio) \

Definition of staircase

1 : the structure containing a stairway
2 : a flight of stairs with the supporting framework, casing, and balusters

Examples of staircase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Gies ascended the staircase, the eight people living in the back half of the building were waiting for her. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 Heard first made the Moss staircase allegation during her testimony at Depp's UK defamation trial in 2020, according to The New York Post. Jen Juneau,, 9 May 2022 The thought and ingenuity that went into the staircase design probably saved my own kneecaps multiple times throughout my stay. Mike Goldys, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 Not yet decided is whether to remove the nets extending below the staircase railings. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 7 May 2022 An author enters his home to find his wife dead at the bottom of the family's staircase. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2022 Inside the new home's cedar shake exterior, James shaped spaces defined by traditional millwork—from the paneling that cocoons the walls of the entry and staircase to the tongue-and-groove ceilings. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Barrymore takes matters into her own hands, opting to summit the staircase alone — though a member of her team helps hoist her up the final steps. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 5 May 2022 Instead of walking along a flat surface, stars must climb up the museum’s grand staircase—which is over 13 feet high and 154 feet long—all the while hitting their poses and showing off their custom garments for the array of photographers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of staircase

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Staircase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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stair·​case | \ ˈster-ˌkās How to pronounce staircase (audio) \

Kids Definition of staircase

: a flight of steps with their supporting structure and railings

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