hand·​rail | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌrāl How to pronounce handrail (audio) \

Definition of handrail

: a narrow rail for grasping with the hand as a support

Examples of handrail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The interior of the front-facing turret has stone walls, stairs and a wrought iron handrail. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Large, broken pieces of the handrail were also shown scattered to the side of the porch. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 3 Aug. 2021 An 8-year-old girl died on Monday after a marble handrail collapsed on top of her, the New York Police Department confirms to PEOPLE. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Her photos are subdued not just in color, but also in mood, showing fragments of government structures up close — an anonymous window, a column’s base, a bucolic vent, a fossil-like handrail — with an enchanting, surprising quietude. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Between Hoda nervously leaning on the handrail to jumping up and punching her fist in the air after Suni landed her final stunt, the internet couldn't get enough of the NBC star. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2021 Bouquets also lay in doorways or tucked in the handrail of a nearby subway station’s entrance. New York Times, 6 July 2021 The handrail on the sweeping staircase in the double height entryway got the same treatment. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Feb. 2020 Students and visitors who find the new school staircase (devoid of a center handrail) to be intimidating can easily avoid using it by choosing one of the two ground-level main building entrances on either side of the stairway. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of handrail

1675, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handrail was in 1675

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“Handrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handrail. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handrail

: a narrow bar placed on the side of a walkway or a flight of stairs that you can hold as you walk


hand·​rail | \ ˈhand-ˌrāl How to pronounce handrail (audio) \

Kids Definition of handrail

: a rail to be grasped by the hand for support


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