a flight of stairs with its framework, banisters, etc., or a series of such flights.

Origin of staircase

First recorded in 1615–25; stair + case2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for staircase

Contemporary Examples of staircase

Historical Examples of staircase

  • He waited in the lower hall until she had reached the top of the staircase.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The crowd is around the foot of the staircase waiting for the elevator.

  • John went towards the staircase, but his uncle called him back.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He was left in the entry hall, the servant hurrying to the staircase and up.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for staircase



a flight of stairs, its supporting framework, and, usually, a handrail or banisters
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Word Origin and History for staircase

also stair-case, 1620s, originally the enclosure of the stairs, from stair + case (n.2) in its sense "frame;" e.g. former window-case, door-case.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

staircase in Medicine




A series of reactions or responses that follow one another in progressively increasing or decreasing intensity, so that a chart shows a continuous rise or fall.
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