Meaning of “banister” in the English Dictionary

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"banister" in British English

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banisternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæn.ɪ.stər/ us /ˈbæn.ə.stɚ/ also banisters [ plural ]

Examples from literature

  • By instinct his hand found the smooth banister, and he began his climb of the stairs. 
  • I was looking straight towards the head of a wide staircase, with a great oak banister. 
  • She took a step towards them, and then he noticed that she swayed and clutched the banister. 
  • The woman still hung over the banisters a minute longer and then was gone. 
  • These banisters are elaborately decorated with carving, which is always of the same pattern. 

(Definition of “banister” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"banister" in American English

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banisternoun [ C ]

us /ˈbæn·ə·stər/

a row of wooden or metal poles at the side of stairs and the bar attached to them on top

(Definition of “banister” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)