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bannister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.

Bannister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.
Sir Roger (Gilbert) born 1929, English track and field athlete: first to run a mile in less than four minutes.

banister

[ban-uh-ster] /ˈbæn ə stər/
noun
1.
a baluster.
2.
Sometimes, banisters. the balustrade of a staircase.
Origin of banister
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 bannister

Bannister

/ˈbænɪstə/
noun
1.
Sir Roger (Gilbert). born 1929, British athlete and doctor: first man to run a mile in under four minutes (1954)
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Word Origin and History for bannister

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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