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or stair well

[stair-wel] /ˈstɛərˌwɛl/
the vertical shaft or opening containing a stairway.
Origin of stairwell
First recorded in 1915-20; stair + well2 Unabridged
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  • But the dimly lighted hall was empty save for the wavering shadows that lost themselves in the gloom of the stairwell.

  • At one end it merged into an incline that became a stairwell.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The stairwell, lit at long intervals by torches held by wrought iron cressets, went down so far it seemed to have no bottom.

  • Then he began to run up the stairwell toward the good lifeboat.

    The Man Who Hated Mars Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When Jon questioned him he indicated a stairwell against the rear wall.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for stairwell


a vertical shaft or opening that contains a staircase
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Word Origin and History for stairwell

by 1862, from stair + well (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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