Definition of staircase in English:



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

    ‘he descended the broad staircase’
    ‘a mirrored staircase’
    • ‘She followed Mrs Noble up a wide staircase and then a narrower set of stairs.’
    • ‘The two retraced their steps back up the staircase and up into the fresh sea air of the ship.’
    • ‘Walking up the old staircase he managed to step over the creaking floorboard at the top without spilling any paper.’
    • ‘A pair of marble staircases sweeping up to the second floor greeted us as we entered the building.’
    • ‘Two twin marble staircases curved upwards, leading to the second floor.’
    • ‘Some larger structured items such as staircases can be difficult to install in a new situation, as floor to floor heights vary.’
    • ‘One of the main features is the red ebony solid timber in the staircase and ground flooring.’
    • ‘Dual wooden staircases curved up towards the second floor that was less crowded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The four impressive staircases at the four outer corners of the structure lead to the first floor.’
    • ‘It was typically Scottish, with its dormer windows, wooden staircase and whitewashed walls.’
    • ‘The ladder had been replaced with a staircase made from the same wood from the floor.’
    • ‘Her feet hardly touched the stairs as she gingerly crept up the staircase coming to a pause on the landing.’
    • ‘She looks everywhere and finally spots him sitting on the step of a staircase.’
    • ‘She smiled then descended one of the staircases that lined either side of the bridge and led to the exits.’
    • ‘Mr Maher also expressed his concern about the state of a staircase and stairwell.’
    • ‘At the bottom of the staircase, he stepped into a corridor lined with five doors on either side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite having a gate it is important for parents to keep a close eye on children around staircases.’
    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.’
      • ‘Mini fridges are available to hire from the Maintenance Department for all students who are resident in Staircases 1-58.’
      • ‘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.’