- a baluster.
- Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
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Examples from the Web for banisters
He leaped up and ran to the top of the stairs and leant over the banisters.
"You're an awful fool, Lizzie," he said crossly, leaning over the banisters.
But not once did he yield, not once did he lean over the banisters and call to her to come up.Doctor Pascal
"I was going to make myself some tea," he said, with his hand still on the banisters.
It upset her more than anything, and again and again she struck the banisters with vexation.
- the railing and supporting balusters on a staircase; balustrade
C17: altered from baluster
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Word Origin and History for banisters
1660s, unexplained corruption of baluster. As late as 1830 condemned as "vulgar," it is now accepted. Surname Bannister is from Old French banastre "basket," hence, "basket-maker."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper