bal·​us·​trade | \ˈba-lə-ˌstrād \

Definition of balustrade 

1 : a row of balusters topped by a rail

2 : a low parapet or barrier

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balustraded \ˈba-​lə-​ˌstrā-​dəd \ adjective

Synonyms for balustrade


banister (also bannister), guardrail, rail, railing

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Examples of balustrade in a Sentence

an ornately carved balustrade for the staircase

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The balustrade and handrail were made by Cardine Studios in Bealeton, Va. Price: $136,000 4. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "A Staircase That Takes a Step Up," 21 Aug. 2018 Garden designer Madison Cox helped to restore all the existing pavilions, balustrades, rills, ponds, platforms, and paths, while also adding new ones. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 And while the house’s original entry and stair balustrade were intact, the ceilings, floors, moldings and window frames all needed replacing. Pilar Viladas, New York Times, "The Secret in a Brooklyn Apartment Redo? Plywood," 6 Mar. 2018 Beyond the peekaboo walls, balustrades throughout are made of soccer netting, in homage to the space’s previous use. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 2018 One shows a landscape blocked by a balustrade, another shows an iPad, and the third, on the iPad, shows the landscape as though the barrier weren’t there. Thomas Hine,, "Philly artists' big, urgent show at Woodmere looks out from the rowhouse to the world," 21 June 2018 How many of us have admired the iron balustrades of New Orleans and Charleston, wondering where the artisans came from who designed them? Ted Widmer,, "How Haiti saved America," 12 Jan. 2018 Not every porch is all Victorian spindles, brackets and turned balustrades. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Sit a spell with these 8 gorgeous front porches," 18 May 2018 The staircase is quintessentially Georgian, Mr. Ashmore said, with a mahogany balustrade, square balusters and sash windows. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Ireland," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of balustrade

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for balustrade

French, from Italian balaustrata, from balaustro

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The first known use of balustrade was in 1644

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English Language Learners Definition of balustrade

: a kind of low wall that is placed at the sides of staircases, bridges, etc., and that is made of a row of short posts topped by a long rail


bal·​us·​trade | \ˈba-lə-ˌstrād \

Kids Definition of balustrade

: a row of balusters topped by a rail to serve as an open fence (as along the side of a bridge or a balcony)

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