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Definition of stair

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for passing from one level to another often used in plural but singular or plural in construction a narrow private stairs— Lewis Mumford
2 : a single step of a stairway

Examples of stair in a Sentence

She ran down the stairs. He waited at the foot of the stairs. She slipped and fell down the stairs. The stairs lead to the roof. We had to climb another flight of stairs to get to the roof. He tripped on the bottom stair and almost fell.
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The Cuomo shirts were on sale a day after the anchor threatened to shove someone down a flight of stairs for calling him Fredo, the weak brother in the Godfather films. The Economist, "What Donald Trump’s campaign swag says about his presidency," 29 Aug. 2019 The space’s oversized windows and 9-foot high ceilings promise plenty of light inside and a deck with stairs leading to another area promises plenty of opportunity for time spent outdoors as well. Ashley Boucher,, "Legendary Jets Quarterback Joe Namath's NYC Apartment Is Up for Sale for $1.2 Million — See Inside!," 29 Aug. 2019 MAK Studio, another local company, fabricated the two-story stair wall. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How a Sad 1920s House Was Restored to a Colorful, Pattern-Filled Home," 29 Aug. 2019 The small square with cinder block stairs leading up to it functions as her bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Omar Jimenez, CNN, "She built a shelter after Hurricane Maria took her home. Now she worries Dorian will take that too," 28 Aug. 2019 Inside the Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway, Detroit Follow the Ham Sandwiches sign above the stairs visible from the lobby Send your dining tips to Free Press Restaurant Critic Mark Kurlyandchik at 313-222-5026 or Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Lauded chef Kate Williams to debut vintage-style diner Karl's in Detroit this week," 27 Aug. 2019 This lower level opens onto a large, covered patio that accesses stairs leading to a new boathouse, a private sandy beach area and the lake., "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019 The trail to the lower falls leaves from the opposite side of the parking lot and brings even more stairs. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When you visit Copper Falls, check out this hidden gem of a waterfall nearby," 15 Aug. 2019 One followed me and leapt a few stairs ahead of me, and stopped me with a hand on the shoulder. Sam Patten, WIRED, "Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stair

Middle English steir, from Old English stǣger; akin to Old English & Old High German stīgan to rise, Greek steichein to walk

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The first known use of stair was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stair

: a series of steps that go from one level or floor to another
: one of the steps in a set of stairs


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Kids Definition of stair

1 : a series of steps or flights of steps for going from one level to another often used in pl. Children ran down the stairs.
2 : one step of a stairway

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