banisters

banister

[ban-uh-ster]
noun
1.
a baluster.
2.
Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Also, bannister.


Origin:
1660–70; apparently by dissimilation from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster, perhaps by association with bar1

baluster, balustrade, banister.
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banisters or bannisters (ˈbænɪstəz)
 
pl n
the railing and supporting balusters on a staircase; balustrade
 
[C17: altered from baluster]
 
bannisters or bannisters
 
pl n
 
[C17: altered from baluster]

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banister
1660s, unexplained corruption of baluster. As late as 1830 condemned as "vulgar," it is now accepted.
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