Balustrade meaning

bălə-strād
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A structure, as along a stairway, consisting of a handrail supported by balusters.
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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.

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A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
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(architecture) A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony, terrace, bridge, staircase, or the eaves of a building.
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Origin of balustrade

  • French from Italian balaustrata from balaustro baluster baluster

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary