- a railing with supporting balusters.
Origin of balustrade
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Examples from the Web for balustrade
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.
When she did so she saw him faintly below, standing by the balustrade.
“No,” said Mary, letting the instrument down, and resting it on the balustrade.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters
C17: from French, from balustre baluster
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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).
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