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 Narrow staircases from the sleeping quarters and showers led to the galley. New York Times, "California Boat Fire Kills at Least 20; Haunting Pleas as Flames Erupt," 2 Sep. 2019 The front entrance opens onto a foyer with a polished marble floor and a grand curved staircase. Janene Holzberg,, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019 The wood banister staircase leads to three bedrooms generous in size with the possibility of adding a master bathroom without compromising the integrity of the layout. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon in Alameda," 3 Sep. 2019 In the corner, an impossibly narrow spiral staircase made of plastic led to a bedroom in the basement. Dugan Arnett,, "Soul-crushing. Demoralizing. My tortured odyssey to find an apartment in Boston," 30 Aug. 2019 Another worthwhile outing is a visit to Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge and Great Point Lighthouse (a spiraling staircase leads to 360-degree views). Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 Floor-to-ceiling windows bring panoramic ocean views inside, and a staircase leads to the beach below. Jack Flemming,, "Hot Property: Tyra Banks, model home flipper," 15 June 2019 Nearby Brasserie Zédel seems like a quaint restaurant, too, but its staircase leads you back in time to a subterranean Art Deco wonderland. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 In the early days, Ziolkowski had little money, a faulty old compressor, and a rickety, seven-hundred-and-forty-one-step wooden staircase built to access the mountainside. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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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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