a rail serving as a support or guard at the side of a stairway, platform, etc.

Origin of handrail

First recorded in 1785–95; hand + rail1
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Contemporary Examples of handrail

Historical Examples of handrail

  • The bottom bamboo serves as a bridge, and the top one as a handrail.

  • When that happened Stott gripped the handrail, and grew damp and hot.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • It had a handrail of pure, transparent, water-clear plastic.


    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • A rope has since been stretched along the rock to serve for a handrail.

  • He hurried past and left Elim grasping the handrail of the stair.

    The Happy End

    Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for handrail



a rail alongside a stairway, etc, at a convenient height to be grasped to provide support
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