UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbæləstə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbæləstɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(balə stər)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bal•us•ter /ˈbæləstɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Architecturean upright support for a railing.
bal•us•tered, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bal•us•ter  (balə stər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Architectureany of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
  2. Architecturebalusters, a balustrade.
  3. Furnitureany of various symmetrical supports, as furniture legs or spindles, tending to swell toward the bottom or top.
balus•tered, adj. 
  • Greek balaústion pomegranate flower
  • Latin balaustium
  • Italian balaustro pillar shaped like the calyx of the pomegranate flower, ultimately
  • French, Middle French balustre
  • 1595–1605

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
baluster /ˈbæləstə/ n
  1. any of a set of posts supporting a rail or coping
Etymology: 17th Century: from French balustre, from Italian balaustro pillar resembling a pomegranate flower, ultimately from Greek balaustion
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