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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: baluster 'one of the sticks of a banister' (17-21 centuries), from French balustre, from Italian balaustro; BALUSTRADE

banister

noun
     
banister
Related topics: Buildings
ban‧is‧ter [countable]
TBB a row of wooden posts with a bar along the top, that stops you from falling over the edge of stairs

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