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balcony

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noun bal·co·ny \ˈbal-kə-nē\

Simple Definition of balcony

  • : 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

Full Definition of balcony

plural bal·co·nies

  1. 1 :  a platform that projects from the wall of a building and is enclosed by a parapet or railing

  2. 2 :  an interior projecting gallery in a public building (as a theater)

bal·co·nied play \-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>



Illustration of balcony

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

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BALCONY Defined for Kids

balcony

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noun bal·co·ny \ˈbal-kə-nē\

Definition of balcony

plural bal·co·nies

  1. 1 :  a platform enclosed by a low wall or a railing built out from the side of a building

  2. 2 :  a platform inside a theater extending out over part of the main floor





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