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

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Other Words from banister

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

Examples of banister in a Sentence

The children love to slide down the banister. She held the banister tightly.
Recent Examples on the Web Probably frame it and put it on a banister or a bookshelf. Dallas News, "After hard outs and tough luck, Rangers OF Eli White exhales following first MLB hit," 10 Sep. 2020 One Sunday, in an autumn that now seems very long ago, a couple perhaps a generation older than me shoved a rotten mattress around the banister at the bottom of the stairs in our building; they were headed to the back yard. Scott Korb, Longreads, "Lloyd’s Mattress," 26 May 2020 The large formal entry with the original banister and pine flooring is flanked by an expansive living room with a box-beam ceiling and a fireplace and a dining room with crown molding. Dallas News, "Kessler Park estate balances past and present," 28 June 2020 In the entry, for example, glossy black brought a mahogany banister back to life. Marni Elyse Katz, Better Homes & Gardens, "Coastal Colors and Boho-Inspired Accents Revive This 130-Year-Old Victorian," 23 June 2020 The GorillaPod holds cameras in place with legs that wrap around objects like banisters and guardrails, branches, fences, or pipes. Popular Science, "Video tripods to lock down your perfect shot," 17 Apr. 2020 Montana falls through an ornate gold banister into the fountain below. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Geno Silva, the 'Scarface' assassin who killed Tony Montana, dies at 72," 18 May 2020 In Gerardo Díaz Sánchez’s wonderfully insane set design, everything on the stage — the floor, the walls, the furniture, the railings of the banisters — have the exact same loud pink flowery pattern. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Long Wharf redefines ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with a delightfully sassy, multicultural staging," 5 Dec. 2019 Floor action paused for 30 minutes between votes so orange-gloved staff could sanitize surfaces within the chamber, including microphones and banisters in the empty tourist galleries. Los Angeles Times, "Congress passes expanded small-business loan funding to address coronavirus shutdowns," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Banister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of banister

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


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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