from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony, terrace, bridge, or the eaves of a building, or as a guard railing on a staircase; -- it serves as a guard to prevent people from falling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, strictly, a barrier or railing consisting of a horizontal member resting on a series of balusters; but, commonly, an ornamental railing or pierced parapet of any kind, whether serving as a barrier or merely as a decorative feature, and whether composed of balusters or not.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
French, from Italian balaustrata, from balaustro, baluster; see baluster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French balustrade, from Italian balaustrata ("with balusters"), from balaustro ("baluster"), from balausta ("wild pomegranate flower"), via Latin balaustium, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaustion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic balatz 'wild pomegranate flower'). So named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open pomegranate flower. Also see baluster. (Wiktionary)