banister

noun
ban·​is·​ter | \ˈba-nə-stər \
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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 \ adjective

Synonyms for banister

Synonyms

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 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, Philly.com, "1870s West Philly home blends Victorian history with today's style," 26 June 2018 Lights need to be fixed, and members of the Willows Park Preserve want the metal banister to be replaced with a wooden one, like the house originally had. Katie Park, Philly.com, "With a $1M anonymous donation, a shuttered historic mansion in Villanova will come back to life," 18 June 2018 The three-year-old appeared to accidentally slip and hit her head on the Buckingham Palace banister, but Middleton consoled the young princess and helped her recover in no time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Comforted Prince George at a Polo Match and It Was So Sweet," 11 June 2018 Then, in 2004, Ms. Kim fell between a stairwell banister, fracturing her right wrist and jaw and dislocating her hip. Alexis Cheung, New York Times, "They Were in Love. They Were the Last to Know.," 25 May 2018 The interior has leaded-glass windows with beautiful floral and geometric motifs; coffered and open-beamed ceilings; a staircase with spindles and a banister and ornate molding. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Step inside: Home tours take visitors all over the state," 20 Apr. 2018 Leftovers from hotel projects were also used for the wooden stair banisters and the marble floor on the main level. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Portland's secret marble 'mausoleum' mansion sells for $500,000 (photos)," 19 Apr. 2018 Inside, the banisters of the great sweeping staircase were entwined with wisteria branches and arrangements of old-fashioned roses—a fairy-tale effect. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Goes Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Sartoria Events in New York City," 9 Apr. 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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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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