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 street view of the two-story home shows a dominant gable roof that rises above the second-floor balcony and is painted a rich blue that’s set off by handsome gray and white trim. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "100-year-old historical home in San Antonio's Beacon Hill gets a total renovation to be couple's forever home," 4 May 2021 The state-of-the-art media room has a Rayva system with multiple levels, a balcony and 4-D movie chairs that move with the movie and a bar and concession stand. Dallas News, "Texas Hill Country meets transitional style in J. Anthony custom design," 2 May 2021 The primary bedroom even has a small balcony with views of the lake. cleveland, "Euclid lakehouse offers beachside living without breaking the bank: House of the Week," 30 Apr. 2021 Their family members, constituents and, yes, sometimes donors cram into the chamber’s third-floor balcony seats that make Broadway theaters seem gracious in their spacing. Philip Elliott, Time, "Biden Reaches the Summit of American Power in a Way Never Imagined," 29 Apr. 2021 The pair said their vows, rode in a carriage procession, waved from the Buckingham Palace balcony, and then ventured to a private evening reception (after an outfit change, of course). Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Release New Photos Ahead of Their Tenth Anniversary," 28 Apr. 2021 He had been observed entering the parking structure and then hanging off the ninth-floor balcony, the medical examiner said. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California woman killed after man jumped from parking structure onto her, authorities say," 28 Apr. 2021 One of the larger suites enjoys a full-width balcony overlooking the rear patio. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: This $17 Million Mansion in San Francisco Is Straight Out of Paris’s 6th Arrondissement," 27 Apr. 2021 The formerly flat, ground-level auditorium is now steeply raked, the back row on a level with a sound booth area that used to be a balcony. Christopher Arnott,, "Legacy Theatre reopens its doors following $4 million renovation," 25 Apr. 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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8 May 2021

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“Balcony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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