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
Recent Examples of baluster from the Web
A stained glass window borders the double front doors and staircases sport wooden spindle balusters.
Steve Austin, of Austin’s Iron Works, created all of Camelot’s ironwork, including the deadbolt, the front gate, hardware for all the interior doors and the ornate balusters on the center hall staircase leading to the second floor.
A Venetian-style balcony off the living room has marble floors, balusters and intricate mosaic work.
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Origin and Etymology of baluster
French balustre, from Italian balaustro, from balaustra wild pomegranate flower, from Latin balaustium, from Greek balaustion; from its shape
First Known Use: 1602See Words from the same year
BALUSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of baluster for English Language Learners
: a short post that helps support a rail in a balustrade or similar structure
BALUSTER Defined for Kids
Definition of baluster for Students
: a short post that supports the upper part of a railing
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