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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The stairway off the veranda was sometimes even converted into a waterslide for the younger royals. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 The cathedral stairway was brought piece by piece from England. Lauren Beale,, "Vintage SoCal: Menagerie kept La Cañada Flintridge estate a little wild," 22 June 2018 As guests arrived, students from St. John de la Salle Catholic Academy, St. Nicholas of Tolentine and St. Nicholas Cathedral lined the sweeping double stairway applauding, high-fiving and thanking supporters. Candace Jordan,, "Big Shoulders Fund Dinner raises record-breaking $14.1 million for Catholic schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods," 6 June 2018 That means flying my little ship over to the giant craft, finding a spot to land, and then making my way through the various ducts and stairways to fix things by hand. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: responsibility," 8 Aug. 2018 The interior has an industrial-era feel, with a cast iron stairway, brick, decorative columns, tile, high-vaulted ceilings, and exposed steel structural accents. Julia Preszler,, "Dancing for memory, a clothing drive, and a new restaurant," 1 June 2018 Kiely was at the computer in the living room, which is kind of at the bottom of the stairway. Josh Gelman, CBS News, ""48 Hours" Live to Tell: Sophia's Secret," 26 May 2018 The listing highlights the mansion's wow-worthy stairway, antique marble fireplace, tennis court, and pool house. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Live Like Joan Crawford In The Mansion From "Mommie Dearest"," 30 June 2016 The stairway was crowded with people panicking, making their way down the stairs. Sean Lester Durham, The Root, "We Head South," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stairway

1767, in the meaning defined above

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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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