stair·​way | \ ˈster-ˌwā How to pronounce stairway (audio) \

Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of stairs usually with landings to pass from one level to another

Examples of stairway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a perfect scent for men who are distinguished but have a strong passionate fire burning inside them that drives them to be bold and unexpected at every step on the stairway to success. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The open stairway in the front hall leads to the second floor and four of the home’s five bedrooms. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 12 Apr. 2022 The stairway down to the lower level, which holds the game room, a guest bedroom and an office. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 18 May 2022 An inspector had found lead paint and dust in two bedrooms and the stairway of the home. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 According to an arrest affidavit shared with PEOPLE, Grant was stabbed with a knife in the neck and a sword in his chest while in the stairway of the apartment building. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 26 Oct. 2021 Elizabeth is walking briskly with the dog now, rushing down the once-impressively grand stairway that leads up from the Theranos lobby. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 8 Apr. 2022 Or continue up a steep natural-rock stairway to the top of the arch. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 Disturbing bystander video that Pointer said captured the shooting showed several officers walking up a short stairway in front of La Victoria. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stairway

1767, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Stairway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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stair·​way | \ ˈster-ˌwā How to pronounce stairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of steps usually with connecting landings

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