banister

noun ban·is·ter \ ˈba-nə-stər \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of banister

1 a :a handrail with its supporting posts
2 :baluster 2

banistered

play \-tərd\ adjective

Examples of banister in a Sentence

  1. The children love to slide down the banister.

  2. She held the banister tightly.

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Origin and Etymology of banister

alteration of baluster

banister Synonyms

Synonyms
balustrade, railing (also bannister), guardrail, rail
Related Words
handrail; taffrail; fender

BANISTER Defined for English Language Learners

banister

noun

Definition of banister for English Language Learners

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


BANISTER Defined for Kids

banister

noun ban·is·ter \ ˈba-nə-stər \

Definition of banister for Students

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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