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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The next day, King was assassinated, shot as stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel while leaving for dinner. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech almost didn’t happen," 7 Feb. 2021 The living area beckons with a gas fireplace and sliders to a Juliet balcony. Globe Staff,, "Home of the Week: A condo where you can park your car — and your inner child," 22 Jan. 2021 Each private room has its own full bathroom as well as access to a balcony. Dave Altimari,, "Connecticut nursing homes are old and ill-equipped to contain viral spread. Did that make it easier for COVID-19 to tear through the facilities and kill thousands?," 20 Dec. 2020 The bedroom is set next to the sitting room and has vaulted ceilings, bay windows, a fireplace and access to a balcony. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this home in University Park’s Volk Estates neighborhood with a three-story rotunda," 12 Dec. 2020 Upstairs, a striking black fireplace runs floor-to-ceiling in the owner’s suite, and an office extends to a balcony overlooking the grounds. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Dodgers star Mookie Betts swings on an Encino mansion," 21 Nov. 2020 Stairs from the south end of the music room go to the master suite, which features large glass doors that can open completely to the balcony in the bedroom. Sophy Chaffee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serendipity strikes a chord for Imperial Beach house hunters," 14 Nov. 2020 Then ask for Table 59 in the balcony and live like Marie Antoinette for a night. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 great surf-and-turf, steak and lobster combos at San Antonio restaurants for Valentine's Day: Rebelle, Silo Prime, Bohanan's, J-Prime, Signature," 4 Feb. 2021 Directed by Lacey Duke, the footage was filmed in Calabasas and Malibu, California, and finds Walker soaking up the sun solo on a balcony and catching a sunset on the beach. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Summer Walker Releases Her New "Body" Music Video," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of balcony was in 1618

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25 Feb 2021

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“Balcony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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