Definition of baluster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæləstə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæləstər//
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any of the short posts that form a balustrade Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French balustre, from Italian balaustro, from balaust(r)a ‘wild pomegranate flower’ (via Latin from Greek balaustion), so named because part of the pillar resembles the curving calyx tube of the flower.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: baluster