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downstairs

[adverb, noun doun-stairz; adjective doun-stairz] /adverb, noun ˈdaʊnˈstɛərz; adjective ˈdaʊnˌstɛərz/
adverb
1.
down the stairs.
2.
to or on a lower floor.
adjective
3.
Also, downstair. pertaining to or situated on a lower floor, especially the ground floor.
noun
4.
(used with a singular verb) the lower floor or floors of a building:
The downstairs is being painted.
5.
the stairway designated for use by people descending:
Don't try to go up the downstairs.
Origin of downstairs
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; down1 + stair + -s3
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Examples from the Web for downstairs
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  • downstairs, Christine and Palmer had entered on the round of midwinter gayeties.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "They're going to have it downstairs in the kitchen," soliloquized he.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Mon petit Dame was waiting for me downstairs in the concierge's room.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Once more she is downstairs, in the lane which the dancers are making for their last reel.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • downstairs the door-bell rang, and Alice's arms jerked with the shock.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for downstairs

downstairs

/ˈdaʊnˈstɛəz/
adverb
1.
down the stairs; to or on a lower floor
noun
2.
  1. a lower or ground floor
  2. (as modifier): a downstairs room
3.
(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) the servants of a household collectively Compare upstairs (sense 6)
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Word Origin and History for downstairs
adv., adj.

1590s, from down (adv.) + stairs (see stair).

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