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[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd] /ˈbæl əˌstreɪd, ˌbæl əˈstreɪd/
noun, Architecture.
a railing with supporting balusters.
Origin of balustrade
1635-45; < French balustre baluster + -ade -ade1; compare Spanish balaustrada, Italian balaustrata
Related forms
balustraded, adjective
Can be confused
baluster, balustrade, banister. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for balustrade
Historical Examples
  • I stood up reluctantly, and looked down over the balustrade.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • She came to the balustrade and looked over into the hall below.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She moved away from the balustrade and turned towards the house.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • When she did so she saw him faintly below, standing by the balustrade.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • “No,” said Mary, letting the instrument down, and resting it on the balustrade.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • I leaned against the balustrade all numb, watching them depart.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • This day he did not even go as far as the balustrade of the veranda.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • Almayer shrugged his shoulders and walked back to the balustrade.

  • They leaned on the balustrade side by side, but neither spoke.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • He walked the floor absently, sometimes stopping by the balustrade to think.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for balustrade


an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters
Word Origin
C17: from French, from balustrebaluster
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for balustrade

"row of balusters," 1640s, from French balustrade (17c.), from Italian balaustrata "provided with balusters," from balaustro "pillar" (see baluster).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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