down stair

downstairs

[adv., n. doun-stairz; adj. doun-stairz]
adverb
1.
down the stairs.
2.
to or on a lower floor.
adjective
3.
Also, downstair. pertaining to or situated on a lower floor, especially the ground floor.
noun
4.
(used with a singular verb) the lower floor or floors of a building: The downstairs is being painted.
5.
the stairway designated for use by people descending: Don't try to go up the downstairs.

Origin:
1590–1600; down1 + stair + -s3

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downstairs (ˈdaʊnˈstɛəz)
 
adv
1.  down the stairs; to or on a lower floor
 
n
2.  a.  a lower or ground floor
 b.  (as modifier): a downstairs room
3.  informal, old-fashioned (Brit) Compare upstairs the servants of a household collectively

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downstairs
1590s, from down (adv.) + stairs (see stair).
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