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balustrade

Line breaks: bal¦us|trade
Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈstreɪd
 
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Definition of balustrade in English:

noun

A railing supported by balusters, especially one forming an ornamental parapet to a balcony, bridge, or terrace.
Example sentences
  • The company produces wrought iron gates, fencing, railings and balustrades.
  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, from balustre (see baluster).

Derivatives

balustraded

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The neo-classical house features a main doorway framed with Ionic pillars and topped by a balustraded balcony complete with carved stone coat of arms.
  • On the roofs of many of these houses on the Battery, built by prosperous shipping kings, are small gazebos and balustraded walkways.
  • They range from kitsch Tyrolean examples, complete with ornate synthetic roof tiles and balustraded balconies, to far less showy Scandinavian-style laminated timber homes.

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