balustrade

noun
bal·​us·​trade | \ ˈba-lə-ˌstrād How to pronounce balustrade (audio) \

Definition of balustrade

1 : a row of balusters topped by a rail
2 : a low parapet or barrier

Other Words from balustrade

balustraded \ ˈba-​lə-​ˌstrā-​dəd How to pronounce balustrade (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of balustrade in a Sentence

an ornately carved balustrade for the staircase
Recent Examples on the Web According to the project proposal, guests will step onto a viewing platform enclosed by a glass balustrade, which will slowly extend 30 feet into the air. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2022 Stretch out on Baker Common, a sloping lawn semi-circled by a walkway and leafy trees or stroll the grand promenade, shaded by cypress trees and edged by an elegant balustrade-overlook wall. Robin Soslow, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 That included details like the magnificent marble spiral staircase, with its ornate black-and-gold-leaf wrought-iron balustrade, that soars upwards from the first-floor garden level to the third level. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2022 Through a parlor archway, a stone staircase with a decorative metal balustrade leads to a Juliet balcony overlooking the ground floor. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 With its cupola on a gallery above a balustrade over a colonnade on a plinth, the many-layered little temple distills High Renaissance sublimity into a compact package. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 Constructed by the Toltec-Maya people between 1050 and 1300, the pyramid was built to cast a shadow during equinoxes on the northern balustrade of El Castillo. Forrest Brown, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 With the new digital additions – particularly a strip on the left of the painting that features two men and makes clear that a boy is looking over a balustrade – the main figures effectively are shifted to the right. Mike Corder, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 June 2021 With the new digital additions — particularly a strip on the left of the painting that features two men and makes clear that a boy is looking over a balustrade — the main figures effectively are shifted to the right. BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Balustrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balustrade. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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balustrade

noun
bal·​us·​trade | \ ˈba-lə-ˌstrād How to pronounce balustrade (audio) \

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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