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 This specialty tool is also great for painting behind radiators, staircase balustrades, and other hard-to-reach spots. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint 4 Tricky Places in Your Home Like a Pro," 21 Dec. 2020 Her only regular employment is cleaning the staircase of a building in Benevento, which makes her €65 a month. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Covid-19 Is Pushing Women Out of Work. Just Look at Italy.," 21 Dec. 2020 The funicular railway and the winding staircase that led up to the medieval hilltop town were both deserted. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Bergamo’s Pandemic Survivors Carry Scars Unseen and Incalculable," 6 Dec. 2020 The radiator alongside the staircase spindles has a vase with ornament, a floral arraignment, and a piece showing the Holy Family that my Mom made. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ceramicist's daughter makes the most of family Christmas heirlooms," 19 Nov. 2020 People would have done anything just to be at that event, and that fashion show was held on a staircase. Phillip Picardi, Vogue, "Chapter Three: How ACT UP and the Downtown Fashion Scene Came to the Rescue," 16 Dec. 2020 On one side of the main staircase the wall is entirely made of open grids. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit architect came out of retirement to design $2M Bloomfield Hills home for friends," 6 Dec. 2020 Few mourn the extravagant confections designed to make an entrance on a curving staircase. Rory Satran, WSJ, "For Covid-Era Wedding Dresses, Anything Goes," 5 Dec. 2020 Her movements must have roused the dog again because now there is a scratching at the door at the bottom of the left staircase and Dot reaches out to unlatch it. Seija Rankin,, "See a first look of Claire Fuller's follow-up to Bitter Orange," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Staircase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of staircase

: a set of stairs and its supporting structures


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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