Definition of balustrade in US English:



  • A railing supported by balusters, especially an ornamental parapet on a balcony, bridge, or terrace.

    • ‘The hallway has a sweeping staircase to the first floor, with a wrought-iron balustrade and hardwood handrail.’
    • ‘Small balcony projections with ornate balustrades and pretty wrought iron lamps flanking monumental doorways on the tall street walls characterized the early homes.’
    • ‘Investigations revealed the cause to be a breakdown of the waterproofing to the bolts on the base plates supporting the balustrades.’
    • ‘There will be both surface and underground car parking, while many units will have balconies with glass balustrades.’
    • ‘The roof of Cornish slate was similarly recreated using old slate found in the garden foe matching purposes; the balustrade and balusters were also beautifully reconstructed.’
    • ‘Newel posts are the supports at the end of flights that transfer the weight of the stair to the floor and support the balustrades or spindles.’
    • ‘The balcony balustrades beneath her were warm from the sun, a warm breeze pulling her auburn hair back, as if to tug her gently into the library behind.’
    • ‘The company produces wrought iron gates, fencing, railings and balustrades.’
    • ‘The roof is adorned with an ornamental balustrade, as are the roofs of the central block and the wings.’
    • ‘A stone encasing, a terrace with a double flight of steps, balustrades, and embellishments were added during that period.’
    • ‘It was then that, owing to the pressure of numbers, the stone balustrade skirting the wall of the hotel collapsed onto the pavement.’
    • ‘The flower-boxes were bright crimson, and the balcony balustrades were ultramarine and white.’
    • ‘What I finally did, after about an hour, was to slither off my seat, very very carefully, and crouch in the footwell, so that the balustrade railing was above my head.’
    • ‘The three-metre decked terrace beyond benefits from a glass balustrade, leaving the panorama uninterrupted.’
    • ‘Handrails or balustrades are essential if there is any danger of falling.’
    • ‘It was a grand house; all balconies and balustrades, stained glass and long, winding staircases.’
    • ‘Again, the wood of the coconut tree was shown used in making furniture, door and window frames, balustrades, wooden screens, etc.’
    • ‘Decorative features, such as balustrades in railings, were especially prone to disintegration.’
    • ‘The apartments will all have decked balconies with glass balustrades, ash veneer doors throughout and surface and underground car parking facilities.’
    castellation, parapet, rampart, wall, bulwark, barbican, bastion
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Mid 17th century: from French, from balustre (see baluster).