Definition of backstairs in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌsterz/

plural noun

Stairs at the back or side of a building.
Example sentences
  • Places (we often called them that instead of farms) that I knew about all had either stairs or backstairs to the servants quarters, so I was quite surprised to see that at Beamish ladders had been the order of the day.
  • The handrail was highly polished and unlike the dark and narrow backstairs there was no squeaky stair, no stair you had to avoid for fear your foot would fall through.
  • Regardless, I sat outside on the backstairs watching the jackdaws gathering above and the sheep on the mountain opposite.


Underhanded or clandestine: I won’t make backstairs deals with politicians
More example sentences
  • The book uses the fourth Doha meeting to trace how the so called Quad - the US, EU, Canada and Japan - use backstairs intrigue and ‘green room meetings’ to get their way.
  • Eager hints would become rhapsodic proclamations; backstairs whispers would be babbled aloud in the corridors of the complex.
  • Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of his which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?

Words that rhyme with backstairs

chargés d'affaires, downstairs, Pears, theirs, unawares, understairs, upstairs

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Syllabification: back·stairs

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