[ bal-uh-ster ]
/ ˈbæl ə stər /


Architecture. any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
balusters, a balustrade.
any of various symmetrical supports, as furniture legs or spindles, tending to swell toward the bottom or top.

Origin of baluster

1595–1605; < French, Middle French balustre < Italian balaustro pillar shaped like the calyx of the pomegranate flower, ultimately < Latin balaustium < Greek balaústion pomegranate flower

Related forms

bal·us·tered, adjective

Can be confused

baluster balustrade banister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baluster


/ (ˈbæləstə) /


any of a set of posts supporting a rail or coping


(of a shape) swelling at the base and rising in a concave curve to a narrow stem or necka baluster goblet stem

Word Origin for baluster

C17: from French balustre, from Italian balaustro pillar resembling a pomegranate flower, ultimately from Greek balaustion
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