stair·​case ˈster-ˌkās How to pronounce staircase (audio)
: the structure containing a stairway
: a flight of stairs with the supporting framework, casing, and balusters

Examples of staircase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High ceilings and stunning wooden staircases offer drama befitting the glamour of the Maison, while mid-century modern furniture, Panthère wall murals, and custom artworks play to the Soho neighborhood’s vibe. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 Gorgeous, curling staircases, centrally placed to entice walking instead of elevator use. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Beyond aesthetic, overall size factors into whether a bookshelf can fit through doorways and staircases, too—an especially important consideration for large bookshelves that arrive assembled. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 Marrying at Home: From stoops and staircases to backyards and balconies, couples are choosing the comforts of home as wedding locations. Anna Grace Lee, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 This staircase juniper garland, draped beautifully, gets studded with baubles and ribbons in similar tones. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 As of this spring, the interior floors themselves were mostly stripped, and the big single staircase at the building’s core is being demolished and rebuilt as a dual stair to bring it up to code. Curbed, 26 Oct. 2023 From the foyer, an arched passageway leads directly under the staircase to the great room, which packs in a fireplace, casual dining space and an open kitchen with premium appliances and two islands, plus several sets of French doors leading to various outdoor patios. James McClain, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2023 The inside is sleekly modern, with concrete floors, a steel staircase spiralling down to the cellar, and movie memorabilia everywhere. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of staircase was in 1624

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“Staircase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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stair·​case -ˌkās How to pronounce staircase (audio)
: a flight of stairs with the supporting structures

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