hand·​rail ˈhan(d)-ˌrāl How to pronounce handrail (audio)
: a narrow rail for grasping with the hand as a support

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Where most people just see a set of stairs and a handrail, skaters see the possibility for existential thrill and a chance to make a mark on the kinetic art form. Ryan Fonsecastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 The scenes vary — a cyclist balancing a microwave on his head, live snakes dangling from a subway handrail — but the message is always the same: only in New York. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 The footage shows Maxie running before falling and hitting his head on an iron handrail. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2022 Here, designer Zoe Feldman relied on frames of different sizes and orientations to mimic the slope of the handrail. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 28 Oct. 2022 Police body camera footage shows the round striking a handrail between Newman and the officers, who returned fire. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Your handrail also offers an opportunity for personalization, from traditional stained oak to thick sailor's rope in a beach house. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2022 The curves in the stairs that lead to the upper levels are offset by the sharp right angles that jut from the handrail and underneath. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 In staircase lingo, a baluster refers to the vertical poles onto which the handrail is affixed. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 28 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handrail was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Handrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handrail. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


hand·​rail ˈhan-ˌdrāl How to pronounce handrail (audio)
: a narrow rail for grasping as a support (as on a staircase)
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