any of the small posts that support the upper rail 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.
- (architecture) A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway; a banister.