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

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Other Words from banister

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

Synonyms for banister


balustrade, guardrail, rail, railing

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Examples of banister in a Sentence

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

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The banister was inspired by the one in David Hicks's house, the Grove, in Oxfordshire. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "Peter Dunham on Transforming a California Beach Cottage," 4 Dec. 2012 In this Clinton Hill home, that meant choosing vintage rugs, textiles, furniture, lighting, and decor, incorporating reclaimed wood as much as possible (like as floating shelves), and revitalizing banisters and window casings. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Almost Everything in This Colorful Family Home is Vintage," 3 May 2019 Intertwine fresh greenery with white ribbon around a staircase banister to reflect a tree covered in frost, or lights around your fireplace mantle replicating the glow of luminarias. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 Many windowless rooms will now feature a virtual balcony—essentially a banister and an 80-inch high-definition screen that live-streams video in real time from the ship's upper decks. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Crazy or Brilliant: Virtual Balconies," 7 Feb. 2014 The door, stairs, and banister are in Benjamin Moore’s Space Black. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 The Craftsman-era building has a front porch with landscaping, a living-room style interior, and a backyard with a banister and seating, making it the perfect place to chill with a cocktail and new friends. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 The home’s main staircase has a banister made of sharply swirling steel, and even the kitchen has a somewhat industrial quality, with a stainless-steel island countertop. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Severe Spanish Villa for Easy Outdoor Living," 6 June 2018 The original wooden banisters remain on the staircases that lead to the second and third floors. Terri Akman,, "1870s West Philly home blends Victorian history with today's style," 26 June 2018

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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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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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