Borrowed from French balustrade, from Italian balaustrata (“with balusters”), from balaustro (“baluster”), from balausta (“wild pomegranate flower”), via Latin balaustium, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaústion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic [script needed] (balatz, “wild pomegranate flower”)). So named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open pomegranate flower. Also see baluster.
balustrade (plural balustrades)
- (architecture) A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony, terrace, bridge, staircase, or the eaves of a building.
balustrade f (plural balustrades)