stair·​well ˈster-ˌwel How to pronounce stairwell (audio)
: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

Examples of stairwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In high-rises, the safest, strongest section of the building is generally the stairwell. Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024 Another snap showed Hudgens by her outdoor stairwell, smiling and blowing a kiss to the camera. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 The exercises included moving water from the ground level to elevated sites and deploying hoses in stairwells. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2024 Open Homes Photography All five of the upstairs bedrooms are centered around a central stairwell. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for stairwell 

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stairwell was in 1920

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“Stairwell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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stair·​well -ˌwel How to pronounce stairwell (audio)
: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

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