banister

or ban·nis·ter

[ ban-uh-ster ]
/ ˈbæn ə stər /
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noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for banisters

banisters

bannisters

/ (ˈbænɪstəz) /

pl n

the railing and supporting balusters on a staircase; balustrade

Word Origin for banisters

C17: altered from baluster

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Word Origin and History for banisters

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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