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 This dual-band product (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) is ideal for spreading your Wi-Fi (up to 750 megabits per second) to the basement, upstairs, or outdoor areas. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Tight on cash, but want cool tech? Consider these five sub-$100 gadgets," 16 May 2020 The master suite is upstairs, along with five additional spacious bedrooms centered around a cozy den/media room. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks home offers abundant amenities," 9 May 2020 But the fun downstairs belies numerous terrors upstairs, which has been declared off-limits. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "Happy Mother’s Day to These Oddballs and Malcontents," 8 May 2020 An investigation showed evidence of a struggle upstairs, as well as forced entry into Harwick's home, LAPD reported. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Amie Harwick, sex therapist and ex-fiancée of Drew Carey, was killed. Police arrested an ex-boyfriend in connection with her death," 17 Feb. 2020 The exception was the café upstairs, which was always full. Eric Randolph, The New York Review of Books, "The Bleak Humor of Tehran’s One and Only Standup Comic," 10 Feb. 2020 The Clifford Corners building, which also includes some condos and apartments upstairs, popped up a few years ago as part of an effort to spur retail and other economic development along East 10th Street. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis church is also a clinic for the poor. Now it has even bigger plans.," 12 Dec. 2019 And on this Easter Sunday, many are wondering what in the heck is going on with the big guy/gal upstairs. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "In San Francisco, Easter Mass will count its blessings via YouTube and streaming," 7 Apr. 2020 Hayes and Reburn went upstairs to find the children. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Mennonite imposters used drones to track children in attempted kidnappings," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The home also has four bedrooms, a sizeable family room with a wet bar and a spacious upstairs game room. Dallas News, "Allie Beth Allman & Associates: It’s pool time in Texas," 17 May 2020 One end of the upstairs hallway became Ben's home office and the boys' study spot. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, "Relaxing Shades of Blue Update This 1916 Home for an Atlanta Restaurant Duo," 24 Apr. 2020 Typically, the Lions use a large upstairs conference room in their Allen Park practice facility as their draft headquarters. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "How Bob Quinn's man cave is set up to select Detroit Lions' next star," 22 Apr. 2020 Carnicle, 56, and two other officers then entered the house and were climbing the stairs when Mcilveen came out an upstairs room and opened fire without warning. Jacques Billeaud, BostonGlobe.com, "Phoenix officer killed, 2 others wounded; gunman killed," 30 Mar. 2020 On his first day on the job, Bordinat sent Halderman upstairs to help out and get acquainted in Alex Tremulis’ Advanced studio. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Original Ford Mustang designer dies, the last link to a celebrated era in car history," 30 Apr. 2020 Early one morning in April, two thieves broke through the door to a rooftop patio and crept to the upstairs bar. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "A New Affliction for Restaurant Owners: Burglars," 30 Apr. 2020 Jia Modern Chinese in Preston Center in North Dallas will utilize its upstairs Lotus Lounge, main dining room and patio to space out guests. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "As some North Texas restaurants get ready to open dine-in service Friday, many others are sticking with takeout and delivery," 30 Apr. 2020 An upstairs addition gave Ben and Jennifer a bigger bedroom and their own bath with a double vanity. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, "Relaxing Shades of Blue Update This 1916 Home for an Atlanta Restaurant Duo," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction The home has three living spaces, with two downstairs and one upstairs. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Peek inside this new five-bedroom Dallas home with historic stone designed for families to connect," 15 May 2020 The upstairs has a pleasing Knights of the Roundtable ambience and the ground level has a ceramic stone oven that dates to 1850 in the center of the dining room. Dave Seminara, New York Times, "36 Hours in Basel," 20 Feb. 2020 The upstairs also has an en suite second bedroom with a walk-in closet and a spacious bath. courant.com, "Property of the Week: Clearwater Creek of Burlington," 18 Oct. 2019 The three workers — a racetrack employee and two unarmed security guards — took the cash from gaming machines and were moving it to a safe upstairs as the racetrack was preparing to close on Saturday night, the police said. New York Times, "Coronavirus Bandits? 2 Armed Men in Surgical Masks Rob Racetrack," 8 Mar. 2020 The main draw of hosting a private event at Carrigan’s is the private upstairs bar and rooftop patio, which provides in-house catering and access to a full cocktail menu. Sarah Cook, al, "4 great places to host a rehearsal dinner in Birmingham," 27 Feb. 2020 The space included an entry bar, a main 350-capacity room for performances, and an attached upstairs with an additional bar. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Manhattan Club The Dance Is Closing After Just Four Months," 10 Feb. 2020 The four upstairs bedrooms include a master suite with a walk-in closet and dressing room, beamed ceilings, a fireplace and a mountain-view balcony. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "R&B singer Ne-Yo is ready to release his Sherman Oaks home," 14 Oct. 2019 The house has two media rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, which Detwiler said is an added convenience for the home’s current owners who use the downstairs media room everyday. Dallas News, "Marvel at the curb-appeal of this Spanish-style home sitting on an acre in Preston Hollow," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of upstairs was in 1584

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19 May 2020

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“Upstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upstairs. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for upstairs

upstairs

adverb
How to pronounce upstairs (audio)

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
How to pronounce upstairs (audio)

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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