- Sir Roger (Gilbert),born 1929, English track and field athlete: first to run a mile in less than four minutes.
- a baluster.
- Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
Examples from the Web for bannister
Historical Examples of bannister
"The Bannister warrant is still out for you," returned the man.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He leaned over the bannister and called excitedly for Mrs. Clunie.The Spoilers of the Valley
I am prepared to swear, and so is Bannister, that it was smooth and unstained.
Now, Bannister, will you please tell us the truth about yesterday's incident?
"We are investigating this unhappy business, Bannister," said his master.
- Sir Roger (Gilbert). born 1929, British athlete and doctor: first man to run a mile in under four minutes (1954)
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."