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banister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.
a baluster.
2.
Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Also, bannister.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; apparently by dissimilation from earlier barrister, alteration of baluster, perhaps by association with bar1
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister.
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British Dictionary definitions for banisters

banisters

/ˈbænɪstəz/
plural noun
1.
the railing and supporting balusters on a staircase; balustrade
Word Origin
C17: altered from baluster
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Word Origin and History for banisters

banister

n.

1660s, unexplained corruption of baluster. As late as 1830 condemned as "vulgar," it is now accepted. Surname Bannister is from Old French banastre "basket," hence, "basket-maker."

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