downstairs [adverb, noun doun-stairz; adjective doun-stairz] ExamplesWord Origin adverb

  1. down the stairs.
  2. to or on a lower floor.


  1. Also down·stair. pertaining to or situated on a lower floor, especially the ground floor.


  1. (used with a singular verb) the lower floor or floors of a building: The downstairs is being painted.
  2. the stairway designated for use by people descending: Don’t try to go up the downstairs.

Origin of downstairs First recorded in 1590–1600; down1 + stair + -s3 Examples from the Web for downstair Historical Examples of downstair

  • Phœbe Smith and her husband Sam lived in one of the downstair rooms.

    Two Suffolk Friends

    Francis Hindes Groome

  • He failed, however, to find it in any of the downstair sitting-rooms.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • It was seven o’clock when she arrived home again, and Edith Franks was waiting for her in the downstair hall.

    The Time of Roses

    L. T. Meade

  • At last I saw that there was a small pane of glass gone in one of the downstair windows.

    The Art and Practice of Hawking

    Edward B. Michell

  • British Dictionary definitions for downstair downstairs adverb

    1. down the stairs; to or on a lower floor


      1. a lower or ground floor
      2. (as modifier)a downstairs room
    1. British informal, old-fashioned the servants of a household collectivelyCompare upstairs (def. 6)

    Word Origin and History for downstair downstairs adv., adj.

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

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