balcony

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The home, created by combining two units, has three balconies. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Philip Roth’s Manhattan Home Goes on the Market for $3.2 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 The characters Moss is known for aren’t usually found hanging out on luxury-hotel balconies at sunset. Carina Chocano, Vogue, "Elisabeth Moss on Jordan Peele’s Us, Handmaid’s New Season, and Why She Loves Real Housewives," 14 Feb. 2019 Members of Congress are allowed to bring guests to watch the State of the Union from the wrap-around balcony that overlooks the floor, and usually their invitations are symbolic of current politics. Colby Itkowitz, The Seattle Times, "6 things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address," 5 Feb. 2019 Meghan made her debut on the famous balcony for the annual Trooping the Colour in June, which celebrates the Queen’s birthday. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "The Royal Fab Four Reunites! Meghan Markle Joins Harry, Will and Kate for Grand Military Service," 10 July 2018 Jacques and Gabriella were greeting the crowd on a balcony, and had brought a couple toys to keep them occupied. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 The third floor of each will be home to a master suite with a balcony. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Coming in September: First new residential townhouses on Kelly Drive in 60 years," 26 June 2018 New York police found the bodies of Stephanie Nicolai and her 7-year-old son, Vincent, on a second-floor balcony of the Gotham Hotel, where the two were guests, police said. Brynn Gingras, Kwegyirba Croffie And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Former model and young son die in plunge from New York hotel," 19 May 2018 Just minutes before the Endymion crash, Mouille said, there was a separate crash involving about nine victims, as well as two more who fell off a balcony. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "After Las Vegas shooting, UMC gets advice from responding medical team," 21 May 2018

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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

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balcony

noun

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

balcony

noun
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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