stair

stair
W3S2 [steə US ster] n
banister, ↑stair, ↑step
[: Old English; Origin: stAger]
1.) stairs [plural]
a set of steps built for going from one level of a building to another
→↑upstairs, downstairs ↑downstairs up/down the stairs
Jerry ran up the stairs.
the top/head of the stairs
I left my briefcase at the top of the stairs.
the bottom/foot of the stairs
'Lisa,' he cried from the foot of the stairs.
We walked up four flights of stairs (=sets of stairs) .
2.)
one of the steps in a set of stairs
Lucy sat down on the bottom stair.
3.) [singular] literary
4.) below stairs
BrE old-fashioned in the servants' part of a large house, in the past

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
, / (of a flight of stairs)


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