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

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

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Examples of balustrade in a Sentence

an ornately carved balustrade for the staircase
Recent Examples on the Web Acanthus leaves fluttered up the balustrade in tight pinwheels, curling around seed pods glistening with ripe fruit. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Orders the Full English," 24 Feb. 2020 Their wooden balustrades and plaster ceilings are decorated with swirling floral patterns, recalling Yarkand’s history as a stop on trade routes crisscrossing China, Central Asia and beyond. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Battered but Resilient After China’s Crackdown," 18 Jan. 2020 The tall windows, pillared facade, rooftop balustrade, and 90-foot-high rotunda of the main building give it the look of a chateau. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 But multistory homes with faux-European balustrades line county road 420. Washington Post, "They built a Chinese boomtown. It left them dying of lung disease with nowhere to turn.," 15 Dec. 2019 Last year, Monaco’s Princess Caroline came to a crowded window holding two newborn grandchildren — with a third being held beside her and another grandson perched on the balustrade. Peter Mikelbank,, "Monaco's Royal Twins Steal the Spotlight (and the Balcony!) on National Day: See All the Best Moments," 19 Nov. 2019 Currently a pop-up, III Mas dinners take place monthly in his family’s Sherman Oaks backyard, where a big black smoker abuts the bleached balustrade of a grand mansion. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "III Mas gives an Armenian twist to Texas barbecue," 30 Sep. 2019 Many lined the balustrades of the three higher floors overlooking where others gathered in the wide space below. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hong Kong protesters take over mall, fold origami cranes," 21 Sep. 2019 Below this flame, below the dark balustrade with its glowing leaves, two gutters vomited relentlessly through monster mouths a hard rain that gleamed silver against the dark facade. Ken Follett, Smithsonian, "A Hymn to Notre-Dame," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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24 Apr 2020

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“Balustrade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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