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 balconied (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 Three other people were injured escaping the violence, including two who jumped in panic from a balcony. Evan Sernoffsky,, "New arrests in Halloween shooting in Orinda after earlier busts didn’t stick," 22 Nov. 2019 The official royal family Instagram account shared a black-and-white throwback photo from the couple's wedding day where they can be seen waving from a balcony. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Prince Andrew scandal: Accuser's lawyers praise his resignation; Queen Elizabeth stays busy," 21 Nov. 2019 The man — identified as Brian Rice — fell four stories from a balcony on the ninth deck of the Carnival Horizon to the fifth, a public information officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Dave Quinn,, "Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger Falls Four Stories to Death on Boat During Its Return to Florida," 19 Nov. 2019 Zoom in to see women peering down from a balcony, perhaps flirting with the workers below. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up With Google to Digitize Puerto Rico’s Art," 11 Nov. 2019 For the third year in a row the Queen, 93, did not lay a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph but watched from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building instead. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Makes a Poignant Appearance at the Annual Remembrance Sunday Service," 10 Nov. 2019 The 28-year-old man from Lyon, France, known as Thibault, was paralyzed from the shoulders down after falling 40 feet from a balcony, severing his spinal cord, the AFP news agency reported. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Paralyzed man walks using brain-controlled robotic suit," 4 Oct. 2019 Sutterfield, who was staying with them as a guest, jumped from a second-story balcony. Peggy O’hare,, "Families, authorities hope dramatic boost in reward solves mystery of deadly San Marcos fire," 2 Aug. 2019 The inspiration for the Burnside came in late 2016 after a meeting with union representatives, when Mr. Urdahl surveyed the small second shift and its empty workstations from a balcony. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Red Wing, Iconic U.S. Shoe Maker, Labors Mightily to Bring Production Home," 12 July 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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The first known use of balcony was in 1618

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Balcony.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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