Meaning of “downstairs” in the English Dictionary

"downstairs" in British English

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uk /ˌdaʊnˈsteəz/ us /ˌdaʊnˈsterz/

A2 to or on a lower floor of a building, especially the ground floor:

I went downstairs to answer the phone.

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adjective uk us


a downstairs bathroom
the downstairs
noun [ S ] uk us

We finished painting upstairs yesterday, but the downstairs still needs some work.

(Definition of “downstairs” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"downstairs" in American English

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downstairsadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdɑʊnˈsteərz/

on or to a lower floor of a building, esp. the ground floor, or down the stairs:

a downstairs bathroom
I hear someone downstairs.

(Definition of “downstairs” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)