- The definition of a balustrade is a railing that is held up by supporting posts.
An example of a balustrade is the railing on the top of a long railing around a deck.
An old balustrade supported by balusters.
Origin of balustradeFrench balustrade ; from Italian balaustrata ; from balaustro: see baluster
Origin of balustradeFrench, from Italian balaustrata, from balaustro, baluster; see baluster.
From French balustrade, from Italian balaustrata (“with balusters”), from balaustro (“baluster”), from balausta (“wild pomegranate flower”), via Latin balaustium, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaustion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic balatz 'wild pomegranate flower'). So named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open pomegranate flower. Also see baluster.