(also bannister) N.
A handrail on a staircase, and the upright supporting structure, designed to keep people from falling off of the stairs.
There was a young man from Eau Claire,
who was screwing his girl on the stair.
The banister broke
So he doubled his stroke
And finished her off in mid-air.
Derived from baluster.

Ban"is*ter (?), n. [Formerly also banjore and banjer; corrupted from bandore, through negro slave pronunciation.]

A stringed musical instrument having a head and neck like the guitar, and its body like a tambourine. It has five strings, and is played with the fingers and hands.

 

© Webster 1913.

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