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[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd] /ˈbæl əˌstreɪd, ˌbæl əˈstreɪd/
noun, Architecture
a railing with supporting balusters.
Origin of balustrade
1635-45; < French balustre baluster + -ade -ade1; compare Spanish balaustrada, Italian balaustrata
Related forms
balustraded, adjective
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister. Unabridged
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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


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

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

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