less common spelling of banister

: a handrail with its supporting posts

Examples of bannister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ute leader Black Hawk went to the school, The Salt Lake Tribune reported, and initially denied permission to take his children home, threw a teacher over a bannister. Sheila McCann, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2023 Once Lee came back with a drawing, which had been accepted, of a cat perched on a bannister above a young girl, its tail giving her a mustache. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 The Polish girl who cleaned after hours was leaning against the bannister, texting. Claire Keegan, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Camp pointed out a bannister inside the Stettheimer house which appeared to be made of pint-size toilet plungers. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Ruth and Terry lived in a foursquare from 1910, with a mahogany bannister, ugly brass sconces, a white Ikea storage system, and an aquarium big enough to hold an abundance of tears. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 Cut extra-long strips of wide ribbon or fabric, tie them into bows, and attach them to the bannister about three feet apart. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 The bear crashed through a bannister as Mauldin emptied the gun and slid down the stairs, mortally wounded. Jesse Bedayn, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2022

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“Bannister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variant of banister

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ban·​nis·​ter ˈba-nə-stər How to pronounce Bannister (audio)
Sir Roger (Gilbert) 1929–2018 British runner and neurologist

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