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 Standing at the bottom of the stairwell, Volodymyr Roslik, the camp groundskeeper, looked up and raised an eyebrow at me, as if to offer one more chance to reconsider going in. Time, 14 Apr. 2022 This refusal to back down is a reminder of a now-infamous story Putin has told about once chasing a rat into the corner of a stairwell outside his childhood home in a Soviet housing block in Leningrad. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Baskets soon turned into Moroccan rugs turned into the cluster of glass pendants now hung in the stairwell, originally found on a vacation in Mexico. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 6 May 2022 Fire investigators say the fire was intentionally set on the stairwell in the apartment. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2021 Blake Scholl stands on a stairwell overlooking a vast hangar where a 71-foot airplane is being built—combining the cockpit of a jetfighter with the body of a small puddle-jumper. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2021 In a video posted to her Instagram feed on July 19, Cardi lipsyncs to the new song on a stairwell in a mesh seafoam dress before the video cuts to show her in a patent black bikini (with that adorable baby bump on full display). Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 20 July 2021 There was nearly a third killing at a third subway station, when a 43-year-old homeless man sleeping on an exit stairwell was awakened by a sharp pain in his back. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2021 Various news reports out of Canada said team officials rented ice time so Messing could skate by himself and found a security guard who could stand watch as Messing worked out in a hotel stairwell. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stairwell

1920, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2022

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“Stairwell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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