banister

noun
ban·​is·​ter | \ ˈba-nə-stər How to pronounce banister (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

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 banister (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for banister

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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 The second level of the double-height living room is lined with hundreds of books accessed by clear banister catwalks that lead to the loft library’s reading area. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The photo showed a masked man vaulting over a banister holding several sets of plastic restraints, an apparent sign that the insurrectionists planned to take lawmakers hostage. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 The pink paint of her stairwell is peeling, the black metal banister chipped, but Samantha Flores is as sharp-witted as ever amid a profusion of climbing plants and bursting red flowers. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 Inside, a cascade of boxwood garlands wraps the banister. oregonlive, 27 Nov. 2020 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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25 Sep 2021

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“Banister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banister. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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banister

noun

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

banister

noun
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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