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noun stair pronunciation in British English /steə(r)/ 
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singularstair
pluralstairs
  1. 1

    stairs

    [plural] a set of steps that allow you to go from one level of a building to another

    They heard footsteps on the stairs.

    up/down the stairs:

    John raced down the stairs to answer the door.

    the top/head of the stairs:

    Someone was waiting at the top of the stairs.

    the bottom/foot of the stairs:

    He left his bags at the foot of the stairs.

    a flight of stairs (=a set of stairs between two floors or levels):

    My bedroom was up two flights of stairs.

    climb the stairs:

    I climbed the stairs to Charles's office.

    1. a.
      [countable] one of the steps in a set of stairs

      He was standing on the bottom stair.

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