a passageway from one level, as of a building, to another by a series of stairs; staircase.

1790–1800; stair + way1 Unabridged
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stairway (ˈstɛəˌweɪ)
a means of access consisting of stairs; staircase or flight of steps

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Example sentences
Going around a corner, he turned in at the door of the hotel and began to climb
  the stairway leading up to his friend's room.
When the light in the house next door went out he stumbled down the stairway
  and into the street.
The first marine was stuck, maybe three-quarters of the way up the stairway.
These design features include a stairway between the main deck and upper deck.
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