[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd]
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Origin of balustrade

1635–45; < French balustre baluster + -ade -ade1; compare Spanish balaustrada, Italian balaustrata
Related formsbal·us·trad·ed, adjective
Can be confusedbaluster balustrade banister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for balustrade

post, rail, handrail

Examples from the Web for balustrade

Historical Examples of 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.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for balustrade


  1. an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters

Word Origin for balustrade

C17: from French, from balustre baluster
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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