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stairway

[stair-wey] /ˈstɛərˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.
Origin of stairway
1790-1800
1790-1800; stair + way1
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  • He turned to his partner as Markulies started for the stairway.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • The table was placed under a stairway, just room for the four of us.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • Stay away from the camp for a while and speak small—until the people on Buck's stairway were more closely united.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Faxon looked down the passage, remembered the other stairway and darted to it.

    The Triumph Of Night Edith Wharton
  • One of Herrero's boys screamed shrilly, and the half-naked figures went scrambling down the stairway.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for stairway

stairway

/ˈstɛəˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
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Word Origin and History for stairway
n.

1767, from stair + way.

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