a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.

Origin of stairway

First recorded in 1790–1800; stair + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stairway

staircase, stairwell, stairway, finishing, flight, stairs

Examples from the Web for stairway

Contemporary Examples of stairway

Historical Examples of stairway

  • The stairway was very narrow, and formed a regular spiral as in a turret.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She looked down the hall, up the stairway, and went on to the living room.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • As she closed the front door she cried up the stairway: "Eileen, are you there?"

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "With your permission," he said negligently; and drew the girl aside to the angle of the stairway.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Finally the man flung his cigar overboard and went down the stairway.

British Dictionary definitions for stairway



a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps
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Word Origin and History for stairway

1767, from stair + way.

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