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Line breaks: stair
Pronunciation: /stɛː

Definition of stair in English:


(usually stairs)
1A set of steps leading from one floor of a building to another, typically inside the building: he came up the stairs
More example sentences
  • When she approached the second floor stair landing she heard rock music coming from the last room down the hall.
  • On her way down the stairs she felt inside her pocket to make sure she still had the keys.
  • I closed the door behind me and took the stairs down to the ground floor of the dorm building.
1.1A single step in a set of stairs: the bottom stair
More example sentences
  • I sat down on the stairs, petted Cleo, leafed through my stack of mail piled in a mound on the bottom stair.
  • I stepped off the bottom stair and collapsed against the wall next to it, heaving a sigh of relief.
  • She sits on the bottom stair, clutching the note in her hand - eyes unseeing through the tears suspended on their surface.


Old English stǣger, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch steiger 'scaffolding', from a base meaning 'climb'.

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