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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As flutes of Champagne circulated on silver trays, guests moved under molded ceilings, stood on grand staircases, and glimpsed into the gilded mirrors. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019 Two days before her death, Max fell from a second-story staircase landing inside the mansion and died days later. Gary Warth,, "Expert: knots used to tie Zahau's body consistent with suicides," 26 Mar. 2018 Another vintage window is set high in the wall on the north side of the house casting light onto the staircase landing. Joan Walden,, "63 Westland Avenue, West Hartford," 19 Jan. 2018 There'll also be a green energy unit costing $60,000 (but way to go, being eco-friendly!), fireplaces, staircases, and a floating floor, which just means material that's not nailed to the subfloor underneath. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Renovations Have Started on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Home, and It's Going to Get Pricey," 13 Jan. 2019 There is a long, wooden staircase from the base of the hill all the way up to the Rankin House. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's TML: Knee-jerking our way through Cincinnati Reds season is not smart," 10 May 2018 The open-plan first floor features white walls, a spiral staircase and lots of natural light, allowing the furnishings in grays, black and soft blues to stand out. Andrea Siegel,, "High-end rental homes in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach offer luxury on vacation," 9 May 2018 In some ways Lagerfeld was ever walking a tightrope between past and present (especially at Chanel, where the ghost of Coco is ever present, fractured into bits of light by the atelier’s famous mirrored staircase). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A Celebration of Karl Lagerfeld’s Work in Vogue," 19 Feb. 2019 One of the staircases leading from the back of the house also has tumbled down the bluff., "Decks now collapsing on Oregon beach house at center of riprap battle," 27 Apr. 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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