ban·​is·​ter | \ ˈba-nə-stər How to pronounce banister (audio) \
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Definition of banister

1a : a handrail with its supporting posts
b : handrail

Other Words from banister

banistered \ ˈba-​nə-​stərd How to pronounce banister (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of banister in a Sentence

The children love to slide down the banister. She held the banister tightly.
Recent Examples on the Web Or Webster peeps through a banister and pelts the others with water beads from a toy gun. Lynsey Weatherspoon/redux For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 It can be draped over a doorway to frame the entrance, wrapped around a banister, placed down the center of a dining room table, or hung over a mantle. Ariel Scotti, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Apr. 2022 Other playful flourishes included a hammock, a pulley system for storing bikes, and a seat made of netting that dangles from the banister on the landing of the studio staircase, creating an unexpected spot to read. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 His mother opened the front door and saw him at the top of the stairs threatening to hurl N.’s new computer over the banister. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2022 Since turning 100, Ellers has painted his fence, re-stuccoed the front steps, stained the stairway banister, resurfaced a concrete wall in his garage and planted a flagpole, in the side yard, to honor Old Glory. Mike Klingaman,, 29 Dec. 2021 Mistletoe tied to the banister and vintage ornaments hanging from cabinet hardware add whimsy. Paige Porter Fischer, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Nov. 2021 Inside, the stairs need a banister, a spot only has a subfloor, an area is missing drywall and a bathroom is unfinished. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2021 The fireplace, copper chimney and banister are all unique, for example, giving the home a more polished, curated feel. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of banister

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for banister

alteration of baluster

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The first known use of banister was in 1641

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16 May 2022

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“Banister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for banister


ban·​is·​ter | \ ˈba-nə-stər \

Kids Definition of banister

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

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