or ban·nis·ter



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

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

Related Words for banister

support, balustrade, rail, baluster, handrail

Examples from the Web for banister

Contemporary Examples of banister

  • “I saw one man, he got tired, and he went over to the banister and he jumped off and killed himself,” she says.

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    The Haunted Symbol of New Orleans

    Nicole LaPorte

    August 28, 2010

Historical Examples of banister

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