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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
  • Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • The terrace was beneath her, brick with a balustrade of white, with white urns.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • The Child seems to stand on a sort of balustrade in front of his mother.

  • Also, from the balustrade, it looked extremely far to the ground.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He leaned over the balustrade of stone near a squat vase holding a tropical plant of a bizarre shape.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • A wooden rap on the balustrade announces that dinner is ready.

    The World I Live In Helen Keller
  • She then placed two flower pots near the balustrade on the terrace of the house.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • So I heaved her over the balustrade and she had a forty-foot drop on to the marble below.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • Brooke gave him a cigar, and leaned against the balustrade, when he slowly lighted it.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • He stood up and leaned upon the broad marble of the balustrade.

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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