below stairs


below stairs
Chiefly Brit.
(formerly) the basement rooms usually used by servants, as servants' quarters, kitchen, and laundry room.

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  • below stairs — /bəloʊ ˈstɛəz/ (say buhloh stairz) noun Chiefly British (formerly) the basement of a large house where the servants prepare meals, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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