stair·way | \ˈster-ˌwā \

Definition of stairway 

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

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Upon climbing a curved stairway to the second-floor newsroom, he is interrupted by a senior vice president. Steven Goff,, "'Goooooool!' Andres Cantor is the Spanish-speaking American voice of the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Inside, stairway wraps mimicked dripping paint – in the jeweler’s signature color, of course. The Cut, "Why “Tiffany Blue” Was All Over Instagram This Month," 18 May 2018 Upon entering the hotel, a vibrant red carpet guides you up the stairway to reception. Jennifer Rice, Vogue, "This Florentine Hotel Has Secret Garden-Views of Europe’s Largest Private Green Space," 13 Apr. 2018 Steele said, standing at the bottom of the stairway leading to the back doors of City Hall. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Fire union files petitions for San Antonio charter-amendment election," 11 Apr. 2018 A few weeks later, eight volunteers worked for four hours to install the stairway. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Fishing enthusiasts hooked on conservation," 26 June 2018 One firefighter suffered a chest injury when a stairway collapsed on him. CBS News, "20 firefighters injured in massive NYC blaze, officials say," 16 June 2018 On top of the feline problem, there were a series of disciplinary breaches - such as stairways being blocked by fans and things being hurled from the terraces onto the pitch., "Besiktas' Fine for Cat on Pitch Exemplifies How Little Football's Governing Bodies Care About Racism," 7 June 2018 The construction starts have been staggered so that all stairways are not closed at once. Phil Diehl,, "Carlsbad to suspend beach access work for the summer," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of stairway

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stairway was in 1767

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English Language Learners Definition of stairway

: a set of stairs that go from one level or floor to another


stair·way | \ˈster-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of steps usually with connecting landings

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