balustrade

noun
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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Other Words from balustrade

balustraded \ˈba-lə-ˌstrā-dəd \ adjective

Synonyms for balustrade

Synonyms

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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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.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 The symmetrical 3,200-square-foot house features a hip roof with a decorative roof balustrade and is flanked by two lower gabled structures. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Designer’s dazzling ‘clock house’ wants $3.6M outside NYC," 20 Mar. 2018 Studio Peregalli preserved the original, then expanded the pastoral imagery to extend alongside the balustrades that frame the curving staircase. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Once-Crumbling Milan Apartment Now Revels In Maximalist Decor," 13 Mar. 2018 Mediterranean roof tiles as well as cast concrete balustrades and terraces support his vision. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Washington Park Maegly mansion sells for $3 million (photos)," 21 Feb. 2018 Overlooking three sides of the room is an open gallery reached by an oak spiral staircase and bounded by an oak-and-steel balustrade. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.5 Million Homes in Tennessee, Illinois and Hawaii," 17 Jan. 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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balustrade

noun

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

balustrade

noun
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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