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English definition of “below/above stairs”

below/above stairs

UK old use
In a large house, below stairs was the part of the house in which the servants worked and lived, and above stairs was the part in which the family of the owner of the house lived.Servants, slaves and underlings
(Definition of below/above stairs from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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