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 wood banister staircase leads to three bedrooms generous in size with the possibility of adding a master bathroom without compromising the integrity of the layout. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon in Alameda," 3 Sep. 2019 Folded across a living-room banister is a patchwork quilt sewn by her sister-in-law Nancy showing a line of trees and a Bigfoot. Christopher Borrelli,, "Do you have a werewolf problem? Upright alligator? Cryptozoologist Linda Godfrey probably believes you," 24 July 2019 At Allen's house, there was no heat, the lights were rarely on, banisters were falling apart, and the only item in the fridge was fruit juice, friends recall. Ben Baskin,, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019 Inside the main lodge are carvings of bears and raccoons for banister finials, a bison head presiding from high up on the great room’s walls. Alec Scott, Sunset Magazine, "Lake Effect: On Reviving a Family Tradition with Your Closest Friends," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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