Definition of banister in US English:

banister

(also bannister)

noun

also banisters
  • 1The structure formed by the uprights and handrail at the side of a staircase.

    • ‘Years of working as a master carpenter had sculpted his body as cleverly as he had sculpted the banisters on the staircases in their home.’
    • ‘The other concern about the stairs are the banisters.’
    • ‘We had scaffolding instead of banisters for three months, and we were living here.’
    • ‘From the entrance hall, a staircase with carved bannister rail and balustrades leads to the first floor return.’
    • ‘There was a banister hand rail that ran up the center of the steps, making two lanes.’
    • ‘It had two stories with porches, with banisters and such things.’
    • ‘She ran out into the hall and peered over the banister of the stairs, just in time to see her mother race out of the master bedroom.’
    • ‘A jury has recommended that hand rails or banisters be installed in houses at an inquest into the tragic death of a former member of Dervish on Christmas Day.’
    • ‘He remembered how he would take Mina to the hotels to trash them or slide down the long stairway banisters.’
    • ‘So they fastened boards on either side of the banister and caulked and painted to fill in.’
    • ‘It's all tiles and smooth banisters - architecture that was designed to weather well and last.’
    • ‘We decided to take a short cut through the neighborhood yards playing follow the leader over hedges, fences, porch banisters, etc.’
    • ‘There is an intricate Victorian tiled entrance hall with a splendid banister and staircase leading to the upper floor and which is well lit by a large skylight.’
    • ‘Dr. Bender takes off his overcoat and hangs it on the newel post of the banister.’
    • ‘The wood floors were highly polished as was the banister of the staircase.’
    • ‘Each girl sat on one of the banisters of the staircase, sliding down the long flight of stairs, landing a few seconds before Nick in the grand hall.’
    • ‘They started down the stairs, using the banisters to guide them.’
    • ‘This effect also would be pretty on a porch rail or stair banister.’
    • ‘Kyle vaulted the banister and landed on his toes, letting his heels land second.’
    • ‘She hated walking down stairs, sliding down banisters was so much easier.’
    handrail, railing, rail, balustrade, banisters
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    1. 1.1 A single upright at the side of a staircase.
      ‘I stuck my head between the banisters’
      • ‘I ran into the hallway and almost somersaulted over the banisters.’
      • ‘The living room kept its unexpected adobe-style fireplace, the great-room its unusual green onyx banisters.’
      • ‘The staircase was beautiful, with dark oak banisters and ornate carving.’
      • ‘The three sets include two with solid splats and one with a back comprised of three molded slats, or banisters.’
      • ‘Then there are long strands of beads and weird exotic flowers in deep colours to wind around trees, banisters, mantelpieces and even table napkins.’
      • ‘Check the width between railings, banisters and balconies and board them up if necessary.’
      • ‘A staircase with ornate pine bannisters and rail leads up to a large landing.’
      • ‘The large room opened upwards to the right to a large set of stairs, the banisters and railings of which had been covered in ribbons of light green and deep red.’
      • ‘A staircase with white oak bannisters leads to the large first floor landing which has recessed ceiling lighting and access to the attic.’
      • ‘Yet despite this, both consulates were rather attractive buildings: cool and breezy, with intricately carved banisters and fine teak panelling.’
      • ‘The staircase banisters gleamed with finely varnished cherry wood with midnight-blue oriental rugs running down the center of the steps.’
      • ‘She looked from the basket containing the few remaining branches to the banisters of the great staircase, which were now nearly covered in waxy green holly and pretty red ribbon.’
      • ‘Beyond this the entrance hall includes ceiling cornicing and a dado rail as well as a stripped pine staircase and banisters.’
      • ‘Next you'll help Stan in the gardens and dust in all the rooms, even the library, and you'll be sure to shine the banisters of the stairwell.’
      • ‘The staircase still boasts its original wrought iron banisters and the original green tiles still adorn the walls.’
      • ‘From here, an elegant stone staircase to the first floor has cast iron bannisters and a polished mahogany handrail, and it leads to the landing lit by large cupola.’
      • ‘She had heard her parents discussing the effects she had on them before but only when she crept down the stairs and stuck her head through the banisters to hear their clandestine conversation.’
      • ‘They proceeded down a wide staircase with intricately decorated wooden banisters and thence through another corridor.’
      • ‘Numerous period features remain: the Victorian staircase with its carved wooden banisters, the 1820s ornate stuccoed ceilings, the many stone and marble fireplaces.’
      • ‘Strands and strands of golden, crimson, and ginger leaves dangled in delicate arches from the stairs and banisters.’
      handrail, railing, rail, balustrade, banisters
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster.

Pronunciation

banister

/ˈbænəstər//ˈbanəstər/