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 Throngs of boisterous guests also congregated on the property’s second-floor balcony, neighbors said. oregonlive, "Teens break into furnished Portland rental, throw Halloween ‘rager,’ then plan 2nd night, cops and neighbors say," 8 Nov. 2019 The big balcony scene, in which Cyrano pretends to be Christian? Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Peter Dinklage Tackles ‘Cyrano’ Without the Nose," 7 Nov. 2019 People crowded around the pool and spilled onto the stairs and the balcony above. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, "Will Worship for Likes," 6 Nov. 2019 Sure, all the available tickets are all on the top balcony, but what better place to see a band that's known for some pretty intense light shows? Rasputin Todd,, "Tool plays first ever show at Heritage Bank Center tonight. What you need to know," 5 Nov. 2019 The two-story mansion has multiple balconies and patios that offer panoramic views of the Valley. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale mansion in DC Ranch with oversize 4-car garage sells for $3.34M," 4 Nov. 2019 This balcony was on the thirty-second floor and had snow on it. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The Flier," 4 Nov. 2019 But our favorite breakfast spot turns out to be the Stieglitz Café (, just around the corner from our hotel, which has pastries and an open skylight rimmed by overflowing plants and iron balconies., "Get yourself to Puebla, Mexico’s best-kept vacation secret, before the secret is out - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 The other finalists included a costume representing the Aqua Tower — a $25 white wedding dress that was stenciled with dark spray paint to portray the distinctive undulating balconies of the hotel and residential skyscraper. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Architects come to a party dressed as their skyscrapers and paint a picture of today’s high-rise scene," 31 Oct. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of balcony was in 1618

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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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