upstairs

adverb
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : up the stairs : on or to a higher floor
2 : to or at a high altitude or higher position kicked upstairs to company management
3 : in the head : intellectually a little slow upstairs— Tom Clancy

upstairs

adjective
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: situated above the stairs especially on an upper floor an upstairs bedroom
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) , ˈəp-ˌsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Definition of upstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the part of a building above the ground floor

Examples of upstairs in a Sentence

Adverb

When you go upstairs, bring these towels with you. She was on her way upstairs when she heard a car drive up.

Adjective

You can use the upstairs bathroom.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Her daughters have their own room upstairs and sleep on daybeds. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 Anyway, a raccoon — or raccoons — came upstairs onto my deck (recently) and used my birdbath, which is 3 inches high and roughly 18 inches across and sits on my deck, as a bathroom. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Are raccoons nursing a 5-year-old grudge against El Sobrante woman?," 26 June 2019 And their children, who weren’t quite old enough to get it, got it in a childish way, by playing a game upstairs. Ed Symkus, BostonGlobe.com, "A very different kind of Beatles movie," 20 June 2019 The house: The treehouse is partially supported by two white pine trees and features a winding staircase to the bedroom upstairs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "7 serene lake houses you can rent right now," 14 June 2019 Unfortunately, the drink menu also has some continuity, bringing the overly sweet stuff upstairs, with the addition of shareable drinks served in fishbowls. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 Drinks were served downstairs, dinner upstairs, and the comely belly dancers oscillated between the two. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 The couch had to be cut in half to be brought upstairs. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Inside a TriBeCa Loft Filled with Not-Your-Grandmother’s Antiques," 9 Oct. 2018 At some point, the worker went back upstairs and moved Reed from the bathtub to his bedroom. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Roughly five years ago, the victim, who was 25 at the time, was living with her mother in an upstairs apartment in East Chicago. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "New trial ends with 87.5-year sentence for EC man convicted of sex crimes," 14 June 2019 Nashawna and Adrianna were in an upstairs bedroom, according to police. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "Jefferson Parish DA to seek death penalty for man accused of Terrytown quadruple murder," 20 June 2019 Two tourists wave a black flag from an upstairs window in a building to show solidarity with the protestors, and people around me cheer loudly. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "Diary From Hong Kong: 24 Hours With A Young Woman Protesting," 18 June 2019 With the upstairs walls cut to half-height, second floor bedrooms also get the big outside view. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.4M Detroit loft has great views and famous neighbors," 15 June 2019 Police searched the home and found the remains of three infants in two upstairs closets. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge deliberates fate of Blackstone mom charged with murder in ‘house of horrors’ case," 14 June 2019 Most of the 130 seats are in an upstairs mezzanine. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Daily Driver opens, bringing house-made bagels, butter to San Francisco’s Dogpatch," 13 June 2019 Eva Longoria, an executive producer and director of the show, described it as a modern take on the upstairs/downstairs story. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Eva Longoria’s new ‘Grand Hotel’ TV drama stars Fontainebleau Miami Beach and a South Florida cast," 13 June 2019 The upstairs landing is open to the downstairs and features plush carpeting. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Designer touches enhance the beauty of this Almaden Valley Pierce Ranch home," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

One bedroom upstairs has a new daybed, bedding and accent pieces with gold and silver, a new side chair with a giraffe pattern, and an old table with new and modern accent pieces on it. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downsizing goal shifted with discovery of a large Tudor Provincial with a first-floor master," 13 June 2019 My favorite spot on the plane to work was the upstairs dining room on the 747. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Was a Flight Attendant During the Golden Age of Travel," 6 June 2019 For three seasons, Nancy Skerrett has served as a through-line between the worlds of the upstairs and the downstairs on Victoria. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Nell Hudson on Why She Didn't Want a Fairytale Ending for Skerrett," 4 Feb. 2019 This is Downton running on all cylinders, with a ton of scintillating plotlines unfolding upstairs and down. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Its upstairs dining room serves some great classics too. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "London Travel Guide: The Best Things to Do, See, Eat, and More," 7 Aug. 2018 The commander's upstairs being held up by Nick with his hand on his gun... Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yvonne Strahovski Talks Serena Joy's "Ultimate Sacrifice" in The Handmaid's Tale Finale," 17 July 2018 The hotel still has a casino on the ground floor (and a stylish one at that) but upstairs, the guest rooms are quite modern, if a bit too heavy on the Vegas-style decor. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Downtown Las Vegas: Our Guide," 4 Mar. 2018 The upstairs, where everyone but us (thank God for downstairs masters) would be staying, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a TV area. Marni Jameson, NOLA.com, "Bring out the family: 4 tips for customizing your outdoor kitchen," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of upstairs

Adverb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1842, in the meaning defined above

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upstairs

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on or to a higher floor of a building
informal : in the head : mentally or intellectually

upstairs

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 2)

: located on a higher floor of a building

upstairs

adverb
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: up the stairs : on or to an upper floor Go upstairs to your room!

upstairs

adjective
up·​stairs | \ ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: being on or relating to an upper floor upstairs bedrooms

upstairs

noun
up·​stairs | \ ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the part of a building above the ground floor

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