upstairs

adverb
up·stairs | \ˌəp-ˈsterz \

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 \

Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

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

up·stairs | \ˈəp-ˈsterz, ˈəp-ˌsterz \

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

Areen, who is on the autism spectrum, became confused and ran upstairs rather than outside. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Boy on life support at CHOP leaves U.S., arrives in Guatemala for procedure," 25 June 2018 Phernetton and the McCoys started producing wine dinners upstairs in the Adelmann Building at Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street earlier this month, and plan to open a catering company. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise's fine-dining success story State & Lemp gets new owners and chef. Who is it?," 18 May 2018 My favorite — Lisbon Destination Hostel — is located upstairs in the Rossio train station, next to the platforms. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Think you're too old for hostels? If you're alive, you're young enough to hostel | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 More leaded glass windows are upstairs in the turret and the former nursery, now a TV room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Sherwood Forest home mirrors another place and time," 28 Apr. 2018 Two beds are upstairs in an open loft space with a stylish, modern couch. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Chic loft in the bustling Warehouse District: Cleveland's coolest Airbnbs (photos)," 24 Apr. 2018 The newcomer also will serve food, beer and coffee upstairs in the plaza next to the Heald Square Monument on Upper Wacker. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Riverwalk rising: City banking on boom to pay off cost of river transformation," 13 Apr. 2018 The theater is at 13250 Poway Road, upstairs in the Lively Center. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Not much life in ‘P.S. Your Cat is Dead’," 17 Jan. 2018 He was carried back upstairs, and spent the night in evident pain, most of it on the couch as fraternity brothers took ineffective and even harmful steps to address his condition. Washington Post, "Sprawling Penn State hazing death case grinds through courts," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The family barely knew their neighbor in the other upstairs unit of their apartment on Milwaukee's southwest side. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A triple homicide, a son left behind: How a Milwaukee police detective built a trusting bond with a survivor of violence," 6 July 2018 The lower-level formal rooms open to the pool terrace; the upstairs master suite takes in tree-top and ocean views. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer pulls in $11.5 million for Brentwood estate," 16 June 2018 The property also includes a detached, two-car carriage house with its own upstairs suite and wet bar. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "It's Shore Time: On the way to Cape May," 11 June 2018 In an upstairs suite, auditions were going to find people to sing the national anthem before games next season. Matt Dempsey, Houston Chronicle, "Astros fans get an upclose with players, trophy during FanFest," 13 Jan. 2018 The inaugural Second Acts series starts this fall in the theater’s intimate 100-seat upstairs Poli Club space. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Waterbury Palace Motivational Series Highlights Life's Second Acts," 10 July 2018 Our upstairs neighbor, a six-foot-six basketball player everybody called Gigante, was holding la vecina, her curly hair pulled out of its ponytail and torn to shreds. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 Christopher Jennings and Nathan Stevens are flat sitcom cartoons as the upstairs neighbors who come flitting in to Candy's aid. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Southern Rep's bill of lesser Tennessee Williams holds limited appeal," 27 Mar. 2018 Disturbance, Whitney Road: On Feb. 17, police were dispatched to a Whitney Road apartment complex after a resident complained an upstairs neighbor was running around making noise. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Active toddler draws complaint from downstairs neighbor: Strongsville Police Blotter," 1 Mar. 2018

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

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 The entire upstairs had been deemed unsafe by government inspectors. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Ellicott City begins the great 'muck out' — again," 3 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 Each of the four upstairs bedrooms is spacious (the smallest is 150 square feet) and connects to a bathroom. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$2.3 Million Homes in New York, Florida and Colorado," 11 Apr. 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 Cowboys president Tex Schramm would then rent out the entire upstairs of the motel on the days the Cowboys practiced to prevent any opponent from advanced scouting. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Want to spy on America's Team? The Cowboys make it easy," 30 May 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

: 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 \

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 \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 2 of 3)

: being on or relating to an upper floor upstairs bedrooms

upstairs

noun
up·stairs | \ˌəp-ˈsterz \

Kids Definition of upstairs (Entry 3 of 3)

: the part of a building above the ground floor

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