[bal-uh-streyd, bal-uh-streyd]

noun Architecture.

a railing with supporting balusters.


Nearby words

  1. baluchitherium,
  2. balun,
  3. baluster,
  4. baluster measure,
  5. baluster stem,
  6. balzac,
  7. balzac, honoré de,
  8. bam,
  9. bama,
  10. bamako

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for balustrade



an ornamental rail or coping with its supporting set of balusters

Word Origin for balustrade

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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