What does banister mean?

banister meaning in General Dictionary

A baluster

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  • a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to stop people from falling
  • A stringed musical instrument having a head and throat like your guitar, as well as its human anatomy like a tambourine. This has five strings, and is enjoyed the fingers and fingers.

banister meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


banister meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A stringed musical instrument having a head and throat just like the guitar, and its own human anatomy like a tambourine. It offers five strings, and it is used the fingers and arms.


Sentence Examples with the word banister

Carmen gripped the porch banister and stared down at him silently.

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