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

balustraded

play \-ˌstrā-dəd\ adjective

Examples of balustrade in a Sentence

  1. an ornately carved balustrade for the staircase

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Origin and Etymology of balustrade

French, from Italian balaustrata, from balaustro

balustrade Synonyms

Synonyms
railing, banister (also bannister), guardrail, rail
Related Words
handrail; taffrail; fender

Other Architecture Terms


BALUSTRADE Defined for English Language Learners

balustrade

noun

Definition of balustrade for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

balustrade

noun bal·us·trade \ ˈba-lə-ˌstrād \

Definition of balustrade for Students

: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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