Meaning of “escalator” in the English Dictionary

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"escalator" in British English

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escalatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈes.kə.leɪ.tər/ us /ˈes.kə.leɪ.t̬ɚ/

B2 a set of stairs moved up or down by electric power on which people can stand and be taken from one level of a building to another, especially in shops, railway stations, and airports:

I'll meet you by the up/down escalator on the second floor.

More examples

  • Sorry but the escalator is out of use; you'll have to take the stairs.
  • I cannot take this pram up the escalator, so I hope there is a lift I can use.

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

"escalator" in American English

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escalatornoun [ C ]

us /ˈes·kəˌleɪ·t̬ər/

a set of stairs that moves by electric power and on which people can stand to be taken up and down from one level to another, usually within a building

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