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upstairs

adverb up·stairs \ ˌəp-ˈsterz \

Definition of upstairs

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

Examples of upstairs in a Sentence

  1. When you go upstairs, bring these towels with you.

  2. She was on her way upstairs when she heard a car drive up.

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First Known Use of upstairs

1584


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upstairs

adjective up·stairs \ ˈəp-ˈsterz \

Definition of upstairs

:situated above the stairs especially on an upper floor
  • an upstairs bedroom

Examples of upstairs in a Sentence

  1. You can use the upstairs bathroom.

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First Known Use of upstairs

1782


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upstairs

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction up·stairs \ ˈəp-ˈsterz , ˈəp-ˌsterz \

Definition of upstairs

:the part of a building above the ground floor

First Known Use of upstairs

1842



UPSTAIRS Defined for English Language Learners

upstairs

adverb

Definition of upstairs for English Language Learners

  • : on or to a higher floor of a building

  • : in the head : mentally or intellectually


upstairs

adjective

Definition of upstairs for English Language Learners

  • : located on a higher floor of a building


UPSTAIRS Defined for Kids

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upstairs

adverb up·stairs \ ˌəp-ˈsterz \

Definition of upstairs for Students

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

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upstairs

adjective up·stairs \ ˈəp-ˈsterz \

Definition of upstairs for Students

:being on or relating to an upper floor
  • upstairs bedrooms

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upstairs

noun up·stairs \ ˌəp-ˈsterz \

Definition of upstairs for Students

:the part of a building above the ground floor


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