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

The loft-like space also features an open stairwell and two private bedrooms and bathrooms. Shannon Rooney,, "On the market: Old City condo in former textile factory for $545,000," 12 July 2018 Ikner, shot in the face at the bottom of a stairwell, was taken to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Carol Robinson,, "Suspect indicted in shooting death of Birmingham mother," 23 Feb. 2018 Maximum building heights are generally figured to the tallest roof surface, but often elevator towers, stairwell tops and similar structures rise above the highest normal roof level. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst aldermen to consider allowing food trucks, rooftop decks," 12 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stairwell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stairwell

Share stairwell

Statistics for stairwell

Last Updated

16 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stairwell

The first known use of stairwell was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stairwell



English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stairwell

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stairwell

Spanish Central: Translation of stairwell

Nglish: Translation of stairwell for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stairwell for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stairwell

What made you want to look up stairwell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!