• (America) IPA: /ˈbæl.ʌ.stɹ/

baluster (plural balusters)

  1. (architecture)  A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway; a banister.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 17 (i),
      Nick looked at the floor, and at the rhythm of the black-and-gilt S-shaped balusters.
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