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downstairs

[ adverb, noun doun-stairz; adjective doun-stairz ]
/ adverb, noun ˈdaʊnˈstɛərz; adjective ˈdaʊnˌstɛərz /
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adverb

down the stairs.
to or on a lower floor.

adjective

Also downstair . pertaining to or situated on a lower floor, especially the ground floor.

noun

(used with a singular verb) the lower floor or floors of a building: The downstairs is being painted.
the stairway designated for use by people descending: Don't try to go up the downstairs.

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Origin of downstairs

First recorded in 1590–1600; down1 + stair + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for downstairs

downstairs
/ (ˈdaʊnˈstɛəz) /

adverb

down the stairs; to or on a lower floor

noun

  1. a lower or ground floor
  2. (as modifier)a downstairs room
British informal, old-fashioned the servants of a household collectivelyCompare upstairs (def. 6)
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