Definition of stair noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//steə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ster//
    Parts of a house
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  1. 1  stairs [plural] a set of steps built between two floors inside a building We had to carry the piano up three flights of stairs. The children ran up/down the stairs. at the bottom/top of the stairs He remembered passing her on the stairs. see also downstairs, upstairs See related entries: Parts of a house
  2. 2  [countable] one of the steps in a set of stairs How many stairs are there up to the second floor?
  3. 3[singular] (literary) = staircase The house had a panelled hall and a fine oak stair.
  4. Word OriginOld English stǣger, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch steiger ‘scaffolding’, from a base meaning ‘climb’.Extra examples He sat waiting on the bottom stair. My kids sat on the basement stairs. Take the back stairs. The carpet was held in place by brass stair rods. The stairs creaked as I went down. The third stair creaked as I stepped on it. We went up three flights of stairs. a closet under the stairs the stairs to the third floorIdioms (old-fashioned, British English) in the part of a house where the servants lived in the past

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