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bannister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.

Bannister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.
Sir Roger (Gilbert) born 1929, English track and field athlete: first to run a mile in less than four minutes.

banister

or bannister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.
a baluster.
2.
Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
1660-1670
1660-70; apparently by dissimilation from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster, perhaps by association with bar1
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister.
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Examples from the Web for bannister
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  • "The bannister warrant is still out for you," returned the man.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He leaned over the bannister and called excitedly for Mrs. Clunie.

  • I am prepared to swear, and so is bannister, that it was smooth and unstained.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "We are investigating this unhappy business, bannister," said his master.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Now, bannister, will you please tell us the truth about yesterday's incident?

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In bannister's time, a farce was performed under the title of "Fire and Water."

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • But it is right that bannister should remain corporal, for he is daily improving in the work.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • “That was some hike we had this morning,” calls bannister to a friend across the street.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • bannister had drawn the squad quietly out of the shade of the tree.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • Sixteen was sheer flytin', kitin' nonsense, an' so I told young bannister.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for bannister

Bannister

/ˈbænɪstə/
noun
1.
Sir Roger (Gilbert). born 1929, British athlete and doctor: first man to run a mile in under four minutes (1954)
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Word Origin and History for bannister

banister

n.

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."

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