or ban·nis·ter

[ ban-uh-ster ]
/ ˈbæn ə stər /


a baluster.
Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.

Nearby words

  1. bani,
  2. bania,
  3. banian,
  4. banish,
  5. banishment,
  6. banister back,
  7. banisters,
  8. baniya,
  9. banja luka,
  10. banjarmasin

Origin of banister

1660–70; apparently by dissimilation from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster, perhaps by association with bar1

Can be confusedbaluster balustrade banister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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