banister /ˈbanɪstə / bannister

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I. noun (also banisters)

1. the structure formed by the uprights and handrail at the side of a staircase.

he vaulted the banister.
she peered over the banisters.
2. a single upright at the side of a staircase

I stuck my head between the banisters.
– origin mid 17th cent.: from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster.

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