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[stair-wey] /ˈstɛərˌweɪ/
a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
Origin of stairway
First recorded in 1790-1800; stair + way1 Unabridged
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  • The stairway was very narrow, and formed a regular spiral as in a turret.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She looked down the hall, up the stairway, and went on to the living room.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • As she closed the front door she cried up the stairway: "Eileen, are you there?"

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Finally the man flung his cigar overboard and went down the stairway.

British Dictionary definitions for stairway


a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stairway

1767, from stair + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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