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bannister

[ban-uh-ster]
noun
  1. banister.
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banister

or ban·nis·ter

[ban-uh-ster]
noun
  1. a baluster.
  2. Sometimes banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
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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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Examples from the Web for bannisters

Historical Examples

  • Then up she'd be coming, step by step, houlding on to the bannisters, dot and carry one.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • He leaned over the bannisters and spied the note on the hall table.

  • His hand gripped the bannisters, his heart leaped to his throat.

    The Devourers

    Annie Vivanti Chartres

  • You ought to find two letters from me at Bannisters, for I have directed two to you there.

    Records of Later Life

    Frances Ann Kemble

  • I am at present staying with my friends, the Fitz Hughs, at Bannisters.

    Records of Later Life

    Frances Ann Kemble


British Dictionary definitions for bannisters

bannisters

pl n
  1. a variant spelling of banisters
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Bannister

noun
  1. Sir Roger (Gilbert). born 1929, British athlete and doctor: first man to run a mile in under four minutes (1954)
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Word Origin and History for bannisters

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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