bal·​us·​ter ˈba-lə-stər How to pronounce baluster (audio)
: 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
: an upright often vase-shaped support for a rail

Examples of baluster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modern bicycling standards require narrower openings between balusters. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Handrails were formed of naturalistic curved roots and branches, and balusters are peeled poles, as described by historians who successfully nominated the church to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jeastman, oregonlive, 23 June 2023 This baluster railing allows the spotlight to remain on the lush garden just beyond. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 24 May 2023 From classically inclined baluster railings that resemble a country-style house to minimalist glass barriers that suit a more modern exterior, a railing can be that finishing touch that sets the tone for your house’s entire exterior. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 24 May 2023 Fence boards or balusters must not be spaced more than 4 inches apart. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2023 Researchers also found the baluster beds in Germany, which are remarkably like the sixth to seventh-century Coptic beds. Stan Shunpike, Discover Magazine, 16 July 2022 Choose a style of baluster that mirrors elements of your decor, like turned wood for a Colonial home or streamlined metal posts for a modern abode. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2022 In staircase lingo, a baluster refers to the vertical poles onto which the handrail is affixed. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 28 July 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of baluster was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Baluster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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bal·​us·​ter ˈbal-ə-stər How to pronounce baluster (audio)
: a short post that supports a rail (as of a staircase)

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