stair·​well | \ ˈster-ˌwel How to pronounce stairwell (audio) \

Definition of stairwell

: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

Examples of stairwell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Gunawan created a large mezzanine for a home office and library and designed a sculptural stairwell, in the same Baltic Birch. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "In a Former Nabisco Factory, an Architect Works Magic in a Cookie-Cutter Mold," 5 Jan. 2021 In toto, the house feels classical with a contemporary accent, which is emphasized by large-scale paintings by Tony Mose, of Esom Galleru, including a custom triptych in the stairwell. R. Stephanie Bruno,, "It took a lot of searching, but Old Metairie home offers couple 'everything we wanted'," 17 Dec. 2020 Varahn convened an impromptu meeting with the council’s leadership in the stairwell — the only somewhat quiet place in the building — to strategize about what to do. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic," 30 Nov. 2020 Scattered in the stairwell, police found glasses, a battery pack, phones and a hat. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A gun collector’s paranoia, a wrong suspect and the role of racism. What the Molson Coors mass shooting records reveal," 26 Nov. 2020 The car drove down the stairwell of the entrance to the Wilsey Center, which houses the San Francisco opera’s offices, performance and rehearsal spaces. Nora Mishanec,, "Car hits War Memorial Veterans Building, one injured," 24 Dec. 2020 The man exited a stairwell to the hospital parking garage at approximately 1:20 a.m., climbed into his truck, and began cutting himself on the arm and neck. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Houston man shot by police after charging at officer with knife," 15 Dec. 2020 The sequel, Curious Stairs, does much the same, but in a stairwell. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Meet the new generation of puzzle-makers bringing mystery to your door," 1 Dec. 2020 Another woman, Maryan Mohamud, 69, collapsed in a stairwell on the 17th floor while trying to evacuate. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, "Cascade of factors led to deadly fire at high-rise apartments in Minneapolis," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Stairwell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

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