Baluster meaning

bălə-stər
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One of the supporting posts of a handrail.
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Any of the small posts that support the handrail of a railing, as on a staircase.
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(architecture) A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway; a banister.
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Origin of baluster

  • French balustre from Italian balaustro from balaustra pomegranate flower (from a resemblance to the post) from Latin balaustium from Greek balaustion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French balustre, from Italian balaustro 'pillar', from balausta 'wild pomegranate flower', so named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open flower, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaustion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic balatz 'wild pomegranate flower').

    From Wiktionary