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

Examples of handrail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike with a regular treadmill, there are no handrails; clients sometimes ask him if that’s concerning. Angela Haupt, TIME, 29 May 2024 Nova has braille/tactile public room signage, elevator buttons, staircase handrails, and stateroom numbers. David Swanson, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 Try not to grip the handrails; instead, focus on holding yourself using your core muscles. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 23 May 2024 All of the rooms are outfitted with rocking chairs, heated bidet toilet seats, walk-in showers with dual shower heads and handrails, and blackout curtains. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for handrail 

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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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“Handrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handrail. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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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