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

Definition of stairwell

: a vertical shaft in which stairs are located

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According to police, Steven fled, and police pursued him on foot, eventually chasing him up the stairwell of his grandmother’s apartment building on Chicago’s West Side. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Teen Shooting Victim Steven Rosenthal's Family Counters Suicide Ruling," 20 Aug. 2018 Variety claims that Elisabeth then went down a stairwell and hid in her dressing room. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "‘The View’ Fans Shocked at EXPLOSIVE Audio of Elisabeth Hasselbeck After a Feud With Barbara Walters," 5 Apr. 2019 After Monday’s contest, Leavy left the Crown Club seats and entered a lobby near the clubhouses at Kauffman Stadium, where he allegedly was told by a Royals employee to use a stairwell instead of one of the two elevators. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Marlins Man says Royals violated Americans with Disabilities Act by blocking elevators | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 This one is a corner building on the Champs-Élysées with exquisite marble work in the stairwell and Rococo wall murals in the conference rooms. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018 An open house featuring flash mobs of Suzuki students performing on the stairwell. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Brooklyn Executive Ditches Banking Job to Lead Music School," 5 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stairwell was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

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