bal·​us·​ter | \ ˈba-lə-stər How to pronounce baluster (audio) \

Definition of baluster

1 : an object or vertical member (such as the leg of a table, a round in a chair back, or the stem of a glass) having a vaselike or turned outline
2 : an upright often vase-shaped support for a rail

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That gave us a 54-inch by 70-inch rack of steel tubing, rectangular with rounded corners, the top railing held up by four-inch-tall balusters. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How I Learned To Build With Metal," 24 May 2019 Upgrading railings, even if they’re not broken, can really take your deck from meh to major: Going from basic 2 x 2-inch wood balusters to decorative aluminum rails, for example, makes a big impact. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Deck Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 The telltale signs of the client's profession: Oak beamed ceilings, paneling, stair railings and carved balusters throughout the 14,335-square-foot house. Janet Eastman,, "Portland's most expensive house for sale is surprising (photos)," 3 June 2018 The original turned porch columns and balusters were replaced by Craftsman-like elements in the early 20th century. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston's annual home tour a mix of architecture and history," 27 Apr. 2018 David Crane via Storyful Melissa Lehmberg took this video of a fawn that was trapped between the balusters of a bridge on Daufuskie Island after flood waters from Hurricane Irma receded. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Woman finds a deer trapped in a neighborhood storm drain. How it got there is weird. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 The attractive, wrought iron balusters on the staircase add a crisp, modern look. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017 There are doors and windows, architectural columns and decorative finials, balusters and spindles, as well as bins of hinges, drawer pulls and other hardware from whatever time period one desires. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s doors, windows, hardware from old homes finding new lives," 4 May 2018 To ensure outdated stairs don't take away from the rest of the home's design, consider replacing the existing balusters. John Sewall, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Upgrade your interiors for a fresh look this season," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of baluster

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baluster

French balustre, from Italian balaustro, from balaustra wild pomegranate flower, from Latin balaustium, from Greek balaustion; from its shape

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English Language Learners Definition of baluster

: a short post that helps support a rail in a balustrade or similar structure


bal·​us·​ter | \ ˈba-lə-stər How to pronounce baluster (audio) \

Kids Definition of baluster

: a short post that supports the upper part of a railing

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