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

n a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

balusters, banister, bannister, handrail
Type of:
a structure or object that impedes free movement

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