upstairs

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adverb

up·​stairs ˌəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
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

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adjective

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
: situated above the stairs especially on an upper floor
an upstairs bedroom

upstairs

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noun

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsterz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
ˈəp-ˌsterz
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the part of a building above the ground floor

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The three went upstairs, and Uribe Cruz and his aunt started talking about putting some counterfeit money away, Ramos said. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 28 Sep. 2022 Iashvili killed himself upstairs at the Tiflis Writers’ Union on July 22, 1937, with a hunting gun to the head, while downstairs members debated his expulsion and arrest. Maya Jaggi, The New York Review of Books, 9 Nov. 2022 Stage size: 43-feet wide and 32-feet deep Amenities: Five bars, four on the main floor, one upstairs, with light food items. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 One night in early September, Geri was sitting upstairs with Lucy, reading to her before putting her down for bed. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2022 Court records show DePape allegedly used the hammer to break into the House speaker’s San Francisco home early Friday and rousted her husband, who was sleeping upstairs. Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2022 Court records show DePape allegedly used the hammer to break into the House speaker's San Francisco home early Friday and rousted her husband, who was sleeping upstairs. Maria Sacchetti, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2022 Taken in what looks like someone's upstairs living room, pictures posted to Instagram show Kelly in black and red robes adorned with crosses, holding a goblet of red liquid in one hand and a leash in the other. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2022 Presley was watching it all on closed-circuit television upstairs. Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Authorities, citing evidence introduced at the trial, said police found the bodies of Fred and Greg Harris in an upstairs bedroom on August 27, 1987, and that the men were bound and their throats were slashed. Staff, Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 Officers were called to a home in North Las Vegas Nov. 4 after a neighbor reported seeing the teenager using a ladder to climb into an upstairs bedroom, according to multiple reports. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 As smoke poured from the eaves and windows, firefighters found, in an upstairs bedroom, a teenager. jsonline.com, 16 Nov. 2022 As smoke poured from the eaves and windows, firefighters found, in an upstairs bedroom, a teenager. Raquel Rutledge, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2022 Two young children, ages 1 and 3, were in an upstairs bedroom and their aunt was in the house as well. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 4 Nov. 2022 Before selecting one of these styles, consider where the combo will be located, such as in a closet or an upstairs bedroom or bath. Rebecca Carhart, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 At the time she was killed in the basement of her upscale Forest Hills home, Gaal’s 13-year-old son was reportedly asleep in an upstairs bedroom while her husband and 17-year-old son were out of town visiting colleges. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2022 The family closed all of their window blinds, locked the doors and congregated in an upstairs hallway together, said Medina, who works as a communications vice president at a think tank. Hannah Schoenbaum, Chicago Tribune, 14 Oct. 2022
Noun
The upstairs’ second family room has a study nook-office area. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 11 Nov. 2022 The upstairs Hyde Bridge Gallery showcases work by Irish and international artists. J.r. Patterson, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 West Sixth has seating in the beer garden, outdoor courtyard, main bar area or upstairs when open. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 31 May 2022 And if there’s a bit less emphasis on the resort staff this time, Valentina, Portia, Lucia, and Mia combine to create a downstairs counterpoint to the obnoxious upstairs lives of Cameron and the others. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2022 Upstairs, a large loft area offers an additional communal space, which leads to the two upstairs bedrooms — each with its own bathroom. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 14 Oct. 2022 Additions and swaps, like new quartz to replace rotting butcher-block kitchen countertops and upstairs carpets changed out for hardwood, update the spaces for modern living but are neutral, so don't compete with retro elements. Mallory Abreu, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Instead of a formal reception area, visitors arrive at a bright upstairs landing (dominated by a pair of arched windows), which offers a plush wingback chair and a long settee. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 July 2022 The two upstairs bedrooms in the front of the house each has a fireplace and share a dressing room. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upstairs was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Upstairs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upstairs. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upstairs 1 of 3

adverb

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz
1
: up the stairs : to or on a higher floor
2
: to or at a higher position or level

upstairs

2 of 3

adjective

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
-ˈste(ə)rz
: located on an upper floor
the upstairs bedroom

upstairs

3 of 3

noun

up·​stairs ˈəp-ˈsta(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio) -ˈste(ə)rz How to pronounce upstairs (audio)
ˈəp-ˌsta(ə)rz,
-ˌste(ə)rz
: the part of a building above the ground floor

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