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

Cheryl sped to her house to find that her second son had overdosed in a bedroom upstairs. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 There are three bedrooms upstairs, each with its own bathroom. Kevin Brass, New York Times, "House Hunting in ... Costa Rica," 4 July 2018 The fun is more wholesome upstairs, where an open-plan kitchen, composed of water-resistant MDF panels, opens up to a combined living and dining room where new structural steel is a vibrant, fire engine red. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 The dining room, lined with 60-inch flat screens, is upstairs, leading out to a deck and what will be a third bar this spring. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Chef is back, making sandwiches in N.E. Phila.," 22 Mar. 2018 The parents were upstairs in a loft, and the brother was on the other side in a loft. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "Reality Realty: 'Tiny Luxury' stars build highway-ready homes with all the extras," 2 Mar. 2018 Most nights, after the last diners had gone, the Wines would retire upstairs, and the waiters and cooks would all head out to party. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Meanwhile, in the penthouse upstairs, or perhaps on social media, people appear to be having the most glorious time. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 Public hearings—and hangings—reportedly took place on the grounds before the Greek-revival-style house was built, and Yankee Jim, whose ghost stomps around upstairs, or so the story goes, was hanged on the property. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Robinson family lived in the upstairs apartment of a tidy, two-story brick bungalow that was owned by a relative who taught piano and directed a church choir. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Melania’s Misstep and Michelle’s Mystery," 15 Nov. 2018 The upstairs apartment needs updating, but could function as a live-work space or a lucrative vacation rental. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Historic live-work bookstore wants $1.5M," 12 Nov. 2018 With a cocktail reception to start, attendees toasted with flutes of Pommery Champagne in the castle-like ambience of the Bowery’s upstairs terrace. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 Each Superior Glass Apartment comes equipped with a living area, a mini-kitchen, an upstairs loft with prime-time Aurora Borealis-viewing glass ceilings, a private bathroom, and its own private outdoor hot spa and sauna. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Snowman Glass Resort Is the Winter Vacation of Your Dreams," 20 Feb. 2019 The kitchen floor and counter are Carrara marble, bathrooms have cement tiles, and upstairs ceilings feature rough wood planks. Erin Geiger Smith, House Beautiful, "Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan's Home Is An Awesome Mix Of Scandinavian And Barnhouse Chic," 9 Jan. 2019 Opened only last year, the Lower East Side hot spot has already become a local standby, and the upstairs lounges are crowded with creatives in various attitudes of hip—an unlikely setting for a sexagenarian Swiss in business attire. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 The command center for Snopes.com is an upstairs bedroom with shelving and a laptop placed atop some books and a cardboard box. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Lies, lies and more lies. Out of an old Tacoma house, fact-checking site Snopes uncovers them," 10 Oct. 2018 The video, which was released Wednesday, showed the suspects digging through the outfielder’s upstairs bedroom, as KABC reported. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Video of burglars ransacking Dodgers star Yasiel Puig's home released," 26 Sep. 2018

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

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 The Funky Taco’s funky decor stands out, and its unique upstairs serves as a stage for live music some nights. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 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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