stair·​well | \ ˈster-ˌwel \

Definition of stairwell

: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

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The man who shot and injured three law enforcement officers from the stairwell of a South Elgin condo building last week was beset by health and money problems and driven to desperation by a final phone call of bad financial news, his family said. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 The wallpaper is from Martin’s Mokum line, the sconces in the stairwell are by RH Modern, and the runner is by Louis de Poortere. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 Inside, the signature Bauhaus aesthetic is present: classrooms-slash-studios are flanked by giant bright windows, a stairwell is painted with a mural by iconic painter and former student Oskar Schlemmer. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Melina goads Lidia, ruining her clean laundry and shouting insults, until the two come to blows in the building's stairwell. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend Producer Breaks Down the Violence of Episode 1," 19 Nov. 2018 Other videos show officers climbing the stairwell toward the 32nd floor, where authorities say gunman Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of rounds out the windows of a suite and then killed himself before police reached him. Fox News, "Video shows officers, security guards in hallway as Vegas gunman opens fire a floor above them," 2 Oct. 2018 By the time Ford was about to speak, hundreds of her supporters had lined up in the stairwells and filled the building’s atrium. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hundreds of people showed up to thank Ford for testifying," 27 Sep. 2018 Taxi pick-up location will be in eastbound lanes of Central Avenue, with access via the stairwell on the south side of Central Avenue coming from Card March. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift's Louisville concert," 29 June 2018 Police said Miguel Glorioso, 20, and Jamie Coutee, 19, were identified by an employee who discovered them in a fifth-floor stairwell. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana cops arrest inmate and teen who were allegedly having sex in courthouse," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

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