[ stair ]
/ stɛər /


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

before 1000; Middle English stey(e)r, Old English stǣger; cognate with Dutch, Low German steiger landing; akin to sty1


stair·less, adjectivestair·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for stairs (1 of 2)

/ (stɛəz) /

pl n

a flight of steps leading from one storey or level to another, esp indoors
below stairs British in the servants' quarters; in domestic service

British Dictionary definitions for stairs (2 of 2)

/ (stɛə) /


one of a flight of stairs
a series of stepsa narrow stair
See also stairs

Word Origin for stair

Old English stæger; related to stīg narrow path, stīgan to ascend, descend, Old Norse steigurligr upright, Middle Dutch steiger ladder
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