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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Its staircase and marble match the Opéra de Paris in grandeur. The Economist, "An opera boom in the Gulf," 15 June 2019 Life-size wall hangings of my three favorite Jewish baseball players — Sandy Koufax pitching to Hank Greenberg and Moe Berg as catcher — adorn the curved wall of my home’s staircase. Andrew Silow-carroll,, "Moe Berg’s life as ballplayer and spy presented in documentary," 4 June 2019 However, the real bargain Saturday was that $10 bought 12 hours of nonstop new music performed inside the main hall as well as in Disney’s various nooks and crannies and its outside staircase, garden and amphitheater. Mark Swed,, "Review: Why ‘Noon to Midnight’ is the new-music bargain that’s hard to beat," 3 June 2019 This is hardly the first time Bikoff has made interior design viral: Her kaleidoscopic staircase for the 2018 Kips Bay designer show house skyrocketed her to design fame—and got her on Versace's map. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Jennifer Lopez's Famous Grammys Dress Ended up as Bedding," 12 Apr. 2019 By March of next year, an emergency staircase at Capitol Hill Station will be converted to all-day public use, the agency also says. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Escalators at UW light-rail station keep breaking down; Sound Transit will improve them — and open a staircase," 26 Oct. 2018 There’s another one of those, plus an 18th-century French staircase. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New NoMad Las Vegas Breaks the Strip Stereotype," 9 Oct. 2018 Unbridled living areas, decorative concrete tiles and an artistic staircase underscore the free-spirited nature of this residence in the Venice Oxford Triangle area. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Home of the Week: Oxford Triangle abode does bohemian the L.A. way," 9 June 2018 Passengers were left waiting to disembark via an air staircase then get interviewed by police. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Another scary moment for Southwest passengers — this time on the ground | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018

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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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