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balustrade

[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd] /ˈbæl əˌstreɪd, ˌbæl əˈstreɪd/
noun, Architecture
1.
a railing with supporting balusters.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French balustre baluster + -ade -ade1; compare Spanish balaustrada, Italian balaustrata
Related forms
balustraded, adjective
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister.
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Examples from the web for balustrade
  • The entire triplet is crossed by a bright green copper balustrade.
  • balustrade staircase, restored period pieces, requisite dark wood.
  • Some staircases may have a closed stringer against the wall and open stringer with a balustrade on the opposite side.
  • The balustrade on the roof is capped with statues of historic legislators.
  • The children then filed up to the balustrade and solemnly placed their handmade flowers on it.
  • At the rear an elliptical staircase of cypress wood with a walnut balustrade ascends through the second floor and to the attic.
  • The roof is a balcony bar with a hot tub, and each balustrade upright is again a mishmash of tints and shades.
  • When the saint took his rest he supported himself against the balustrade of his pillar.
  • He took his cold hand off the cold stone balustrade.
  • No sooner had she lifted her hand out of the flowerpot than a bird landed on the stone balustrade that overlooked the garden.
British Dictionary definitions for balustrade

balustrade

/ˈbæləˌstreɪd/
noun
1.
an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters
Word Origin
C17: from French, from balustrebaluster
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Word Origin and History for balustrade
n.

"row of balusters," 1640s, from French balustrade (17c.), from Italian balaustrata "provided with balusters," from balaustro "pillar" (see baluster).

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Encyclopedia Article for balustrade

low screen formed by railings of stone, wood, metal, glass, or other materials and designed to prevent falls from roofs, balconies, terraces, stairways, and other elevated architectural elements

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