bal·co·ny | \ˈbal-kə-nē \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms for balcony


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 master suite, set under vaulted ceilings, opens up to one of two balconies. Neal J. Leitereg,, "'West Wing' star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito," 30 June 2018 The property boasts a private elevator, two laundry rooms and three oceanfront balconies. Shannon Rooney,, "Shore Envy: Three Belmar stunners," 27 June 2018 Rent at Union Berkley Riverfront ranges from $1,000 for a 500-square-foot studio to $7,000 for a 2,210-square-foot penthouse suite with three private balconies. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No vacancy: This historic downtown KC hotel has 'micro' apartments for $525 a month," 14 June 2018 Finally, after scaling four balconies, the man reached the child and pulled him to safety., "France’s Macron rewards migrant hero ‘Spiderman’ who saved dangling child," 28 May 2018 Romance-minded couples will want to consider booking a One Bedroom Ocean View Suite, which comes with a master bedroom, two balconies, a terrace and a private infinity pool. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Honeymoon guide: Six Los Cabos resorts for couples," 8 May 2018 The main floor would include the general admissions area and main stage, which could be viewed from two balconies stacked on top of one another that would also provide sweeping views of The Banks and surrounding area. Randy Tucker,, "50-foot bar, giant retractable wall are part of designs submitted for new concert venue at The Banks," 29 Mar. 2018 Two balconies on the upper floor looks down into this space. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Designer’s dazzling ‘clock house’ wants $3.6M outside NYC," 20 Mar. 2018 The home has three balconies, one off the master bedroom. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 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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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 \
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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