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

Synonyms for balustrade


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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In Steingaden, the bucolic meadow and plain façade of Wieskirche belie the rococo church’s glorious cupola, gilded stucco, and marble balustrades, all mystically illuminated by the large windows. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019 French doors on two sides of this room offer access to the upper terraces wrapped in classic balustrades. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: This spacious, gracious Monte Sereno estate ensures a tranquil lifestyle close to Los Gatos," 30 July 2019 The tradition of lacing doors, mantels and balustrades with greenery was born of the notion that some of the most beautiful and restorative interior accents are found in nature. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Design for the New Year," 5 Jan. 2010 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The balustrade and handrail were made by Cardine Studios in Bealeton, Va. Price: $136,000 4. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "A Staircase That Takes a Step Up," 21 Aug. 2018 Garden designer Madison Cox helped to restore all the existing pavilions, balustrades, rills, ponds, platforms, and paths, while also adding new ones. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 And while the house’s original entry and stair balustrade were intact, the ceilings, floors, moldings and window frames all needed replacing. Pilar Viladas, New York Times, "The Secret in a Brooklyn Apartment Redo? Plywood," 6 Mar. 2018 Beyond the peekaboo walls, balustrades throughout are made of soccer netting, in homage to the space’s previous use. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "A Ghent pub and soccer-fan hangout becomes a dream home," 18 June 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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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