noun ban·is·ter \ˈba-nəs-tər\

: a structure like a fence with a bar on top that is built along the side of a set of stairs

Full Definition of BANISTER

a :  a handrail with its supporting posts
b :  handrail
:  baluster 2
ban·is·tered \-tərd\ adjective

Variants of BANISTER

ban·is·ter also ban·nis·ter \ˈba-nəs-tər\

Examples of BANISTER

  1. The children love to slide down the banister.
  2. She held the banister tightly.

Origin of BANISTER

alteration of baluster
First Known Use: 1641

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noun ban·is·ter \ˈba-nə-stər\

Definition of BANISTER for Kids

:  one of the slender posts used to support the handrail of a staircase
:  a handrail and its supporting posts
:  the handrail of a staircase


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