noun bal·co·ny \ˈbal-kə-nē\

: a raised platform that is connected to the side of a building and surrounded by a low wall or railing

: a floor or seating area above the main floor of a theater

plural bal·co·nies

Full Definition of BALCONY

:  a platform that projects from the wall of a building and is enclosed by a parapet or railing
:  an interior projecting gallery in a public building (as a theater)
bal·co·nied \-nēd\ adjective

Examples of BALCONY

  1. We asked for a hotel room with a balcony.
  2. <on summer mornings I often have breakfast out on the balcony>

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Origin of BALCONY

Italian balcone, from Old Italian, large window, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balko beam — more at balk
First Known Use: 1618

Related to BALCONY

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
BALCONIES Defined for Kids


noun bal·co·ny \ˈbal-kə-nē\
plural bal·co·nies

Definition of BALCONY for Kids

:  a platform enclosed by a low wall or a railing built out from the side of a building
:  a platform inside a theater extending out over part of the main floor


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