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

Photo: Dorothy Hong for The Wall Street Journal The new addition upstairs has a wall of glass overlooking the lake, and French doors open to a stone terrace. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "The Luxury Home Redo Giving an Old Home New Soul," 23 Aug. 2018 Sports Basement upstairs, 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Resistance training, lawmakers meet with public," 13 July 2018 Plaatjes had his personal practice upstairs from the original Boulder Running Company store on Pearl Street. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Is Boulder's Newest Running Shop the Future of Retail?," 14 May 2018 First priority was upstairs so the family had a place to sleep on Inauguration Day: the master bedroom, bedrooms for Charlotte and Audrey, plus one for Michael and wife Sarah. Jura Koncius, chicagotribune.com, "The Pences: How the vice president’s family has made their historical residence home, complete with a bunny and bees," 18 Apr. 2018 The bedrooms upstairs have intricate details including deep crown molding, original heavy sliding doors, birdseye maple on the door frames and detailed ceilings. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Step inside three of the most historic – and elaborate – mansions in Old Louisville," 5 Apr. 2018 The children, ages 14, 12, and 8, each have a bedroom upstairs. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "See inside this family's modern farmhouse," 15 Feb. 2018 Each robot upstairs has a corresponding machine downstairs that pumps up everything from power to polymers. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Koch Brothers' Industrial Empire," 9 Oct. 2015 The Room to Book The Duxton Duplex Suite at Six Senses Duxton has a lounge area on the first level and a bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But, as the dead zone in your upstairs bedroom already tells you, Wi-Fi transmission is modified by its environment. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Reveal metal objects with Wi-Fi; overexcited engineers think security," 17 Aug. 2018 At a boutique co-op building on a quiet Kips Bay block, Ms. Myers fell for a top-floor duplex where the upstairs bedroom opened onto a 240-square-foot roof deck. New York Times, "Trading Chelsea Clatter for Greenpoint Calm," 5 July 2018 At one point, Shalhoub emerges from an upstairs doorway to take in the morning air, while below him, workers bustle and buzz. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste," 5 Dec. 2018 The upstairs contains four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, all with a relaxed, summer cottage aesthetic. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Charming 1912 house on a private island asks $4.9M," 5 Dec. 2018 My main floor, which has three larger rooms in a mostly open plan, was mapped in two runs, while the upstairs floor with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways took more runs to fully map. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "iRobot Roomba i7+ review: smarter than the average robot vacuum," 20 Nov. 2018 While remodeling the Alibi restaurant, employees discovered what appeared to be a live hand grenade in an upstairs section of the building — and one concerned worker even walked it outside, police confirmed on Facebook. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Live grenade discovered at South Dakota restaurant during remodeling," 12 Sep. 2018

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

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 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

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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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