bal·​co·​ny | \ ˈbal-kə-nē How to pronounce balcony (audio) \
plural balconies

Definition of balcony

1 : a platform that projects from the wall of a building and is enclosed by a parapet or railing
2 : an interior projecting gallery in a public building (such as a theater)

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Other Words from balcony

balconied \ ˈbal-​kə-​nēd How to pronounce balconied (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for balcony


deck, sundeck, terrace

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Examples of balcony in a Sentence

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

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Back inside, a sweeping staircase ascends to a loft and massive master suite complete with a corner fireplace, spa tub and balcony with lake views. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Actress to actress: Kirsten Dunst sells charming Toluca Lake home to Annie Potts," 16 Sep. 2019 Rooms includes binoculars for viewing sea life from your patio or balcony. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast Inn-Escapable: 3 beautiful SLO County hotels," 15 Sep. 2019 Hotel staff had reportedly asked Weezy and his squad to open the balcony door for some ventilation, but the rapper apparently got upset and started arguing with hotel staff. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Lil Wayne won't be showing up to his St. Louis concert," 14 Sep. 2019 Wayne’s camera also scans the building’s actual interior — balcony seats, pockmarked walls, the remains of a colorful ceiling mural — and emphasizes the vintage projection booth. Mary Colurso |, al, "There’s new life at Bessemer’s historic Lincoln Theatre, thanks to actor Andre Holland and family," 12 Sep. 2019 Specialty dining includes Chef’s Table Lumiere, Bistro Sur La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, Crown Grill steak house and private balcony dining. Richard Tribou,, "Florida-bound cruise ship Sky Princess completes sea trials," 11 Sep. 2019 Plans ranging from one to three bedrooms will have granite counters and subway tile in both the kitchens and bathrooms, stainless-steel appliances, brushed nickel hardware, washed oak vinyl plank flooring, garden tubs and private balconies. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Allied Orion Group to build and manage luxury Katy apartment project," 10 Sep. 2019 With #WeTheNorth signs still hanging off balconies across Toronto, the nation woke up Friday to a new hashtag: #SheTheNorth. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Winning, Canada-style: Bianca Andreescu inspires at US Open," 6 Sep. 2019 Walls can be thin, and balconies are effectively shared space, but not every cruiser recognizes those boundaries. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Ship Etiquette Tips: A Primer For Before You Sail," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of balcony

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for balcony

Italian balcone, from Old Italian, large window, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balko beam — more at balk entry 2

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English Language Learners 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


bal·​co·​ny | \ ˈbal-kə-nē How to pronounce balcony (audio) \
plural balconies

Kids Definition of balcony

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

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