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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
Historical Examples
  • Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • I stood up reluctantly, and looked down over the balustrade.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The Child seems to stand on a sort of balustrade in front of his mother.

  • “No,” said Mary, letting the instrument down, and resting it on the balustrade.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • He leaned over the balustrade of stone near a squat vase holding a tropical plant of a bizarre shape.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • I leaned against the balustrade all numb, watching them depart.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • She then placed two flower pots near the balustrade on the terrace of the house.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • Almayer shrugged his shoulders and walked back to the balustrade.

  • Brooke gave him a cigar, and leaned against the balustrade, when he slowly lighted it.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • He walked the floor absently, sometimes stopping by the balustrade to think.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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