upstairs

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adverb

up·​stairs ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
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 upstairsTom Clancy

upstairs

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adjective

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

upstairs

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noun

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
ˈəp-ˌsterz
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The main suite, upstairs, takes up an entire wing of the house and is complete with a fireplace, sitting room, dressing room with double closets and two bathrooms. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024 Very upstairs/downstairs, and in fact written by Julian Fellowes, who would later do Downton Abbey. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2024
Adjective
And, soon, customers can return to The Cooper Lounge, a swanky upstairs cocktail bar that overlooks the Great Hall. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, The Denver Post, 12 July 2024 Sitting in our car is not a good long-term solution, so my wife and I recently invested in a mini-split system, which not only cools our living room, kitchen, dining area and upstairs bedroom, but promises to heat them come winter. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, 11 July 2024
Noun
Jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was locked in a safe upstairs. CBS News, 27 June 2024 Current designs for the expansion would make both City Hall and the library more accessible by connecting the two upstairs, placing public meetings and city clerk windows on the first floor of City Hall and upgrading the library with age- and ADA-friendly spaces, among other things. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 23 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for upstairs 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upstairs was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Upstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upstairs. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

upstairs

1 of 3 adverb
up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz
1
: up the stairs : to or on a higher floor
2
: to or at a higher position or level

upstairs

2 of 3 adjective
up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz
: located on an upper floor
the upstairs bedroom

upstairs

3 of 3 noun
up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) -ˈste(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
ˈəp-ˌsta(ə)rz,
-ˌste(ə)rz
: the part of a building above the ground floor

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