banister

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noun ban·is·ter \ˈba-nə-stər\
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Definition of banister

  1. 1a :  a handrail with its supporting postsb :  handrail

  2. 2 :  baluster 2

banistered

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Examples of banister in a Sentence

  1. The children love to slide down the banister.

  2. She held the banister tightly.

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Origin and Etymology of banister

alteration of baluster


BANISTER Defined for English Language Learners

banister

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Definition of banister for English Language Learners

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


BANISTER Defined for Kids

banister

noun ban·is·ter \ˈba-nə-stər\

Definition of banister for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the slender posts used to support the handrail of a staircase

  2. 2 :  a handrail and its supporting posts

  3. 3 :  the handrail of a staircase



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