- a baluster.
- Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
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Examples from the Web for bannisters
Then up she'd be coming, step by step, houlding on to the bannisters, dot and carry one.The Manxman
He leaned over the bannisters and spied the note on the hall table.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman
Emma Speed Sampson
His hand gripped the bannisters, his heart leaped to his throat.The Devourers
Annie Vivanti Chartres
You ought to find two letters from me at Bannisters, for I have directed two to you there.
I am at present staying with my friends, the Fitz Hughs, at Bannisters.
- a variant spelling of banisters
- 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 bannisters
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