ground floor


the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
Informal. an advantageous position or opportunity in a business matter, especially in a new enterprise: She took the job in the new company because she wanted to get in on the ground floor.

Origin of ground floor

First recorded in 1595–1605 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of ground floor

  • One of the ground-floor windows at the gable end of the house was open.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • She opened the door of the ground-floor bedroom and looked in.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards

  • In a good-sized room of the ground-floor Atlee found the prince awaiting him.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • As he reached the marble hall on the ground-floor a lady was getting into the lift.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • And this fireplace was on the ground-floor, and not in Oxford Street.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for ground floor

ground floor


the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
get in on the ground floor or start from the ground floor informal
  1. to enter a business, organization, etc, at the lowest level
  2. to be in a project, undertaking, etc, from its inception
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Word Origin and History for ground floor

also ground-floor, c.1600, from ground (n.) + floor (n.); figurative use is from 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper