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

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By then, Handley was completing the sale of 2310 Mar East St. Wilton and his new neighbor had to litigate rights to the staircase. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "‘Buyer beware’: Tiburon real estate verdict reversed on appeal," 4 Aug. 2019 Eventually, the visitor gets to the grand staircase. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dijon’s Masterpiece of a Museum, Brilliantly Renovated," 20 July 2019 Inside, top-notch woodworking is seen throughout, from the carved front doors to the elaborate central staircase. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Towering 1887 Queen Anne asks $1.3M," 9 July 2019 Creasman’s team spent the 2018 field season and part of the 2019 season digging out the staircase. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 On the wall along the staircase of her Washington, D.C., home, filmmaker Aviva Kempner has a trio of hooked rugs depicting what many fans would consider history's three most iconic Jewish baseball players: Hank Greenberg, Moe Berg and Sandy Koufax. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Filmmaker Aviva Kempner on the making of a doc about ballplayer-turned-spy Moe Berg," 19 June 2019 The City Council Finance Committee recently recommended spending a total of $142,284 to fix the main staircase at the Metra station at Route 59. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora seeks new maintenance deals at train stations," 17 June 2019 That means, in the event of a fire emergency, both first responders and residents evacuating the building would be forced to use the same staircase, the lawsuit says. Tyler Blint-welsh, WSJ, "Manhattan Homeless Shelter Gets Green Light as Neighborhood Group Plans Appeal," 12 June 2019 The last holdout when the building went co-op, Ariane is why the staircase hasn’t been replaced. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of staircase

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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