- one of a flight or series of steps for going from one level to another, as in a building.
- stairs, such steps collectively, especially as forming a flight or a series of flights: I was so excited I ran all the way up the stairs.
- a series or flight of steps; stairway: a winding stair.
Origin of stair
Examples from the Web for stairs
Contemporary Examples of stairs
At 10 past 5, a middle-aged white man climbed the stairs out of the City Hall subway.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
And thus I end up at the bottom of the stairs, about one month after my injury and two months after my wedding.
Until then, we will hike the stairs together, one carpeted step at a time.
The party sequence in Notorious begins with a wide shot from high above the top of the stairs, all glittering expanse below.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Two police assigned to the apartment on a detail were doing a “vertical patrol” up the stairs when the door opened.New York's Next Killer-Cop Grand Jury
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of stairs
At the head of the stairs they parted, Milbrey joining the lady who had waited for him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He took his uncle up in his strong arms, and moved toward the stairs.Brave and Bold
What I hear at night is the creaking of stairs, when I know that nobody ought to be stirring.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Grace hastened down the stairs, with her friend at her heels.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He swept up the blankets and went down the stairs to the first floor.Way of the Lawless
- a flight of steps leading from one storey or level to another, esp indoors
- below stairs British in the servants' quarters; in domestic service
- one of a flight of stairs
- a series of stepsa narrow stair
Word Origin for stair
Old English stæger "flight of steps," also "a single step," from Proto-Germanic *staigri (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian stiga, Middle Dutch stighen, Old High German stigan, German steigen, Gothic steigan "to go up, ascend;" Old English stigan "to climb, go;" German Steig "path," Old English stig "narrow path"), from PIE *steigh- "go, rise, stride, step, walk" (cf. Greek steikhein "to go, march in order," stikhos "row, line, rank, verse;" Sanskrit stighnoti "mounts, rises, steps;" Old Church Slavonic stignati "to overtake," stigna "place;" Lithuanian staiga "suddenly;" Old Irish tiagaim "I walk;" Welsh taith "going, walk, way").
Originally also a collective plural; stairs developed by late 14c. OED says stair still is ordinary in Scotland where flight of stairs would be used elsewhere.