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 Recently a new acquaintance stopped me in a stairwell. Alex Marzano-lesnevich, Harper's magazine, "Body Language," 25 Nov. 2019 More often, however, neighbors saw Mr. Santos sleeping in the stairwell of his mother’s building. New York Times, "Punches, Rages: Before Chinatown Killings, Suspect Grew Ever More Violent," 8 Oct. 2019 Hakeem Malcom, 25, of the 6400 block of 18th Street, Berwyn, received a local ordinance citation for possession of cannabis July 29 after someone spotted him smoking in the stairwell of a building in the 7300 block of Grand Avenue, police said. Deborah Kadin,, "Elmwood Park police: someone shot into home, loaded gun in vehicle’s back seat, domestic violence, St. Francis statue stolen," 20 Aug. 2019 Brooke was not prepared for my response; neither was I. * * * Dan Dixon Tempest hung himself on July 27, 2018, in the stairwell of his apartment building. Longreads, "A Beautiful, Rugged Place: Erosion of the Body," 7 June 2018 Roaming gangs of teenagers who harass passersby in shadowy stairwells. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘It’s a blight’: After years of complaints, Metro will make fixes and install cameras at Wheaton station garage," 21 Sep. 2019 School spokeswoman Nichole Shearer said the swastika that was a few inches big and was found Aug. 23 in the 17th-floor stairwell of Wolf Pack Tower at Circus Circus. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 Alcoves and stone stairwells added authenticity, the kind of place where scum and villainy — and tourists — would lurk about., "I recently had an early look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Here are five interstellar takeaways.," 13 Sep. 2019 Last spring, the home still sat abandoned in a thicket of trees, its wooden stairwell rotting, its blue and green paint blistered. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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7 Dec 2019

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“Stairwell.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of stairwell

: a space in a building where stairs are located

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