any of the small posts that support the handrail of a railing, as on a staircase
Origin of balusterFrench balustre from Italian balaustro, pillar from balausta, flower of the wild pomegranate from Classical Latin balaustium from Classical Greek balaustion: from some resemblance in shape
- a. One of the upright, usually rounded or vase-shaped supports of a balustrade.b. An upright support, such as a furniture leg, having a similar shape.
- One of the supporting posts of a handrail.
Origin of balusterFrench balustre from Italian balaustro from balaustra pomegranate flower (from a resemblance to the post) from Latin balaustium from Greek balaustion probably from a Semitic source akin to Syriac bla&slowdot; to bud, flower and perhaps to Tigrinya bälä&slowdot;ä to be superior
- (architecture) A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway; a banister.