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 At one point, Ray was holding pistol to his head while standing on the balcony. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Army colonel threatens to shoot cops, commit suicide in standoff over alleged assault on wife," 29 Dec. 2020 Steinhoff was shot in the torso and his body was found on the balcony outside the bar. Amir Vera And Eileen Mcmenamin, CNN, "Illinois state's attorney identifies 3 killed in bowling alley shooting," 28 Dec. 2020 Two nights after slaying the Nick Saban dragon last fall, Ed Orgeron welcomed me to his office balcony and shared a spectacular view of Tiger Stadium in the distance. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: LSU’s shocking upset of Florida won’t wipe away Ed Orgeron’s 2020 problems," 12 Dec. 2020 The story starts with her sensing something is wrong in the world and soon encountering the girl on the balcony. Washington Post, "She is the Brown girl superhero the world needs right now — and in recent days, she has gained fans from Mumbai to Maryland," 9 Dec. 2020 After the parades passed on Mardi Gras 1976, Curtis returned to her balcony with a bounty of beads from exposing herself to the riders on floats. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Mardi Gras flashback: Texas artist, 65, says she was first to bare breasts for beads at Carnival," 3 Dec. 2020 Affleck and de Armas were spotted hanging out on a balcony in New Orleans, with de Armas sitting on the rail as Affleck stood close to her. Georgia Slater,, "Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas Spend First Thanksgiving Together: They're 'Very Happy,' Source Says," 28 Nov. 2020 Photographed engaging in some serious PDA on a balcony, the pair looked elated to be in one another's company again. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana de Armas Shows Off a Major Sparkling Ring While Reuniting with Ben Affleck," 23 Nov. 2020 The two remaining bedrooms sit on the second floor, one of which has a balcony looking toward the lake. Dallas News, "Want to live next to White Rock Lake? This home sits on nearly an acre close to the water," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Balcony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 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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