banister

noun
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 banister (audio) \ adjective

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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 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, "‘They Have No One’: At 88, a Transgender Icon Combats Loneliness Among Seniors," 2 Apr. 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, "You Wear My Shoes," 3 Mar. 2021 Inside, a cascade of boxwood garlands wraps the banister. oregonlive, "Holiday House 2020: Tradition reigns at a Portland Heights cottage with timeless style," 27 Nov. 2020 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, "You Wear My Shoes," 3 Mar. 2021 Fabric pouches filled with bamboo charcoal hang at intervals along the banister. Washington Post, "This column stinks: A mystery smell in our house has us on nasal alert.," 14 Mar. 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, "You Wear My Shoes," 3 Mar. 2021 Justine curled her fingers around the iron banister and started up the stairs. Forsyth Harmon, refinery29.com, "You Wear My Shoes," 2 Mar. 2021 String this eye-catching number across the mantle or weave it between the banister for some Hanukkah cheer. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "Celebrate Hanukkah this year with these sweet decorations," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Banister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banister. Accessed 18 Apr. 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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