balustrade

A balustrade is a row of spindles that support a railing. You're especially likely to notice balustrades on balconies or bridges.

A small wooden or stone pillar or column is a baluster, like the balusters that support a stairway railing. A whole row of balusters lined up together comprise a balustrade. Balustrade is a French word that's rooted in the Italian balausta, "flower of the wild pomegranate," which has a double-curved stem shaped like a baluster.

Definitions of balustrade
  1. noun
    a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
    synonyms: balusters, banister, bannister, handrail
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    type of:
    barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
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