- the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
- Informal. an advantageous position or opportunity in a business matter, especially in a new enterprise: She took the job in the new company because she wanted to get in on the ground floor.
Origin of ground floor
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for ground floor
Entering Morbid Anatomy from an unremarkable, industrial street in Brooklyn, its ground-floor coffee shop/bookstore is buzzing.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors
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He had been renting his current place—a ground-floor apartment in a house on a hill—for the past four years.In Sandy’s Wake, a New York Doorman Without a Home
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One of the ground-floor windows at the gable end of the house was open.Casanova's Homecoming
She opened the door of the ground-floor bedroom and looked in.The Green Satin Gown
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In a good-sized room of the ground-floor Atlee found the prince awaiting him.Lord Kilgobbin
As he reached the marble hall on the ground-floor a lady was getting into the lift.
And this fireplace was on the ground-floor, and not in Oxford Street.
- the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
- get in on the ground floor or start from the ground floor informal
- to enter a business, organization, etc, at the lowest level
- to be in a project, undertaking, etc, from its inception
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Word Origin and History for ground floor
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