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 During a brief lull, some rioters appeared to give up and retreat down the stairway., "‘They got a officer!’: How a mob dragged and beat police at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Outside, the team built an outdoor stairway to the basement—the one that Marv, played by Daniel Stern, slips down in the film. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Is What the Real Home Alone House Interiors Looks Like," 16 Dec. 2020 There also is a grand wood stairway that sweeps up to a sunny mezzanine. Frank Edgerton Martin, Star Tribune, "New Mpls. building is one of the city's finest works of contemporary architecture," 18 Dec. 2020 Barrett retreated to the front stairway, but Helus had fallen and crawled to the entrance. Stephanie Lai, Los Angeles Times, "Ventura County district attorney’s office releases new details on Borderline mass shooting," 17 Dec. 2020 At the entrance, frosted glass separates one side of the floating stairway. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this contemporary Preston Hollow home that was noticed by Architectural Digest," 12 Nov. 2020 New Orleans police found bullet casings in the driveway near the vehicle and in the street, as well as some bullet damage to an apartment door and stairway, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss the case. Katelyn Umholtz,, "Would-be thieves kill 72-year-old man in Village de L'Est, source says," 16 Dec. 2020 There are pictures online of Madonna and Iman coming down the stairway. Phillip Picardi, Vogue, "Chapter Three: How ACT UP and the Downtown Fashion Scene Came to the Rescue," 16 Dec. 2020 Here, Yöung added a real Fraser Fir garland from Williams-Sonoma to the stairway railing that leads to his front door. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, "How to Hang Holiday Lights Like a Pro," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Stairway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce stairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of stairway

: one or more flights of steps usually with connecting landings

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