ban·​is·​ter ˈba-nə-stər How to pronounce banister (audio)
variants or less commonly bannister
: a handrail with its supporting posts
banistered 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 Wooden banisters draped in lights hang from the ceiling. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 17 Apr. 2024 Our stars weave up and down and in and out of a multilevel room replete with stairs and banisters and handrails and furniture for jumping on (and throwing villains off) and over and through. Vikram Murthi, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2024 Fire escapes look corroded and other metal fixtures such as banisters have been coated to look old or rusty, while walls appear water-stained. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 Twin staircases with oak banisters lead to a mezzanine. Hollace Ava Weiner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Mar. 2024 The swooping stair banister is original, and rumor has it that, according to marketing materials, it was carved on site. Mark David, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 The grand corridor features 200-year-old, hand-hewn beams, and the primary living area boasts its original federal-style flooring, mantels, banister, and trim. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2024 Wreaths are ideal for doors and windows, and the tree is the centerpiece, but garland hung from banisters and fireplace mantles fills out the rest of the rooms. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Even the banisters were designed to show monsters caught in fishing nets. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Dec. 2023

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Word History


alteration of baluster

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of banister was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Banister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also bannister
: one of the slender posts used to support the handrail of a staircase
: a handrail with its supporting posts
: the handrail of a staircase

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