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 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 Ed once gave me a framed print of Piraeus, showing a neoclassical building in ochre and burgundy, with columns and a loggia and a balustrade and niches for statuary, and with sailors standing outside on the street. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Archives of an Unfulfilled Genius," 27 Dec. 2020 The whole thing was crowned with a rooftop balustrade highlighted by a row of classical urns. Mike Scott,, "Before it became the Pickwick Club, the Crescent Billiard Hall wowed as a pool player's paradise," 30 Dec. 2020 As in the 1610 version, Susanna is seated on a balustrade, but this time there is a tenebrous sky, rather than a clear blue one. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 In her version, two men emerge from behind a marble balustrade, violently interrupting Susanna’s ablutions. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 Our shirts, shorts, and shoes are on the concrete balustrade with our bags. Tega Oghenechovwen, Longreads, "If My Scars Could Talk," 10 Aug. 2020 Park staff later tabulated the damage: commemorative benches, Apple Cider Press sculpture, a sphinx statue, drinking fountains, pathways and a balustrade. Steve Rubenstein,, "San Francisco demonstrators turn to statue vandalism, spray paint," 20 June 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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