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below stairs

noun (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
  1. (formerly) the basement rooms usually used by servants, as servants' quarters, kitchen, and laundry room.
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Historical Examples of below stairs

  • Below-stairs, at early daybreak, Maurice awoke upon his sofa.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • There would be no above and below-stairs, no servants' hall.

    A Poor Wise Man

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I obeyed on the instant and a few moments later the scene of below-stairs was repeated, with me powerless to resist.

    Mrs. Raffles

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • A servant now acquainted them that Mr Western was below-stairs; for his eagerness to see Jones could not wait till the afternoon.

  • The duenna doubtless retailed it below-stairs, and the verger at the church also had his tale to tell.


British Dictionary definitions for below stairs

below stairs

adverb
  1. (formerly) at or in the basement of a large house, considered as the place where the servants live and work
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