- a baluster.
- Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
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Examples from the Web for banister
“I saw one man, he got tired, and he went over to the banister and he jumped off and killed himself,” she says.The Haunted Symbol of New Orleans
August 28, 2010
It is so long since you descended these steps, and there is no banister—you will fall.
If you had left it out on the banister, it would be clean now—it's still a good one.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
I'd have you to know, Mrs. Stoker, that my uncle was a banister of the law.
Nina lingered for a moment with her hand on the banister, and then hurried to her room.Lord Kilgobbin
Staggering out on the landing, he leaned far over the banister.Under Western Eyes
Word Origin and History for banister
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