follow Dictionary.com

Winning Words of the Scripps Spelling Bee

downstairs

[adv., n. doun-stairz; adj. doun-stairz] /adv., n. ˈdaʊnˈstɛərz; adj. ˈdaʊnˌstɛərz/
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 of downstairs
1590-1600
1590-1600; down1 + stair + -s3
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for downstairs
British Dictionary definitions for downstairs

downstairs

/ˈdaʊnˈstɛəz/
adverb
1.
down the stairs; to or on a lower floor
noun
2.
  1. a lower or ground floor
  2. (as modifier): a downstairs room
3.
(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) the servants of a household collectively Compare upstairs (sense 6)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for downstairs
adv., adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for downstairs

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for downstairs

14
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with downstairs