Meaning of “stair” in the English Dictionary

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"stair" in British English

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stairnoun

uk /steər/ us /ster/
stairs [ plural ]

More examples

  • I heard a creak on the stairs.
  • Aikiko fell down some stairs and broke her wrist.
  • We live up three flights of stairs.
  • I tripped going up the stairs and my books went flying.
  • She was standing at the top of the stairs.

A2 a set of steps that lead from one level of a building to another:

Go up the stairs and her office is on the right.
I had to climb a steep flight (= set) of stairs to her front door.
He stood at the foot (= bottom) of the stairs and called out, "Breakfast's ready!"

[ C ] one of the steps in a set of steps that lead from one level of a building to another:

The top stair creaked as she went upstairs and the noise woke up her mother.

[ S ] old use or literary a set of stairs:

He climbed the wooden stair and knocked on his grandfather's door.

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

"stair" in American English

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stairnoun [ C ]

us /steər/

a step in a set of stairs:

The top stair creaked loudly as she stepped on it.

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