[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd]
noun Architecture.
a railing with supporting balusters.

1635–45; < French balustre baluster + -ade -ade1; compare Spanish balaustrada, Italian balaustrata

balustraded, adjective

baluster, balustrade, banister. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
balustrade (ˈbæləˌstreɪd)
an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters
[C17: from French, from balustrebaluster]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, "row of balusters," from Fr. balustrade (17c.), from It. balaustrata "provided with balusters," from balaustro "pillar" (see baluster)
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Encyclopedia Britannica


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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Example sentences
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.
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