Definition of staircase in English:



  • 1A set of stairs and its surrounding walls or structure.

    ‘he descended the broad staircase’
    ‘a mirrored staircase’
    • ‘Years of working as a master carpenter had sculpted his body as cleverly as he had sculpted the banisters on the staircases in their home.’
    • ‘Another identical newel post stood atop the staircase on both sides defining the length.’
    • ‘Walking up the old staircase he managed to step over the creaking floorboard at the top without spilling any paper.’
    • ‘The four impressive staircases at the four outer corners of the structure lead to the first floor.’
    • ‘At the bottom of the staircase, he stepped into a corridor lined with five doors on either side.’
    • ‘Dual wooden staircases curved up towards the second floor that was less crowded.’
    • ‘Two twin marble staircases curved upwards, leading to the second floor.’
    • ‘A pair of marble staircases sweeping up to the second floor greeted us as we entered the building.’
    • ‘Her feet hardly touched the stairs as she gingerly crept up the staircase coming to a pause on the landing.’
    • ‘Despite having a gate it is important for parents to keep a close eye on children around staircases.’
    • ‘Mr Maher also expressed his concern about the state of a staircase and stairwell.’
    • ‘She smiled then descended one of the staircases that lined either side of the bridge and led to the exits.’
    • ‘Some larger structured items such as staircases can be difficult to install in a new situation, as floor to floor heights vary.’
    • ‘The ladder had been replaced with a staircase made from the same wood from the floor.’
    • ‘She followed Mrs Noble up a wide staircase and then a narrower set of stairs.’
    • ‘Later didactic murals on town-hall staircases and library walls tended to be executed on canvas and then stuck up, rather than laboriously painted in situ.’
    • ‘One of the main features is the red ebony solid timber in the staircase and ground flooring.’
    • ‘She looks everywhere and finally spots him sitting on the step of a staircase.’
    • ‘It was typically Scottish, with its dormer windows, wooden staircase and whitewashed walls.’
    • ‘The two retraced their steps back up the staircase and up into the fresh sea air of the ship.’
    stair, tread, tread board
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    1. 1.1British A set of stairs and the rooms leading off it in a large building, especially a school or college.
      • ‘n rooms in the main College staircases, forced convection central heating is provided.’
      • ‘On each of Peckwater's nine staircases there are eight suites of rooms consisting of a spacious sitting room, with two small bedrooms.’
      • ‘When a communal area of a College staircase or hostel is damaged or is continually left in an abnormally dirty state, then the members of the staircase or hostel may be held jointly liable for the costs of repair or of additional cleaning.’
      • ‘Mini fridges are available to hire from the Maintenance Department for all students who are resident in Staircases 1-58.’