Definition of escalator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeskəˌlādər/


A moving staircase consisting of an endlessly circulating belt of steps driven by a motor, conveying people between the floors of a public building.
Example sentences
  • Images submitted to the committee show a modern open-plan mall on two floors with escalators and coffee shops.
  • Take the escalator to the third floor for all the photographic equipment.
  • By 4.12 pm, they were on the escalator to the first floor of the ladies' department.


Early 20th century (originally as a trade name): from escalade 'climb a wall by ladder' (from the noun escalade), on the pattern of elevator.

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