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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Other Words from balcony

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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An aerialist swung from the rafters (wearing Jonathan Cohen), a choir sang in the balcony (sporting Pyer Moss), and a set of models zoomed around on Vespas (thanks Rebecca de Ravenel!). Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Fashion Show," 6 Nov. 2018 For a considerable price tag, people are watching the show Fantasmic! or the Disneyland fireworks from a balcony overlooking the park at the upscale restaurant 21 Royal. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Disneyland's 21 Royal Offers $15,000 Dinner," 16 Aug. 2018 And still, dollar bills cascaded down from the balcony. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 One situation involved a segregated movie theater on Main Street in Bel Air that forced blacks to sit in the balcony, reachable only by outside stairs. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "William 'Bill' Brown, Morgan State University track star and Harford County teacher and coach, dies," 16 May 2018 Nicholas' brother William is already one of Prince George's godfathers, and his adorable daughter Grace is the bridesmaid who famously covered her ears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after William and Kate's wedding. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Aren't Prince Louis' Godparents—Here's Why," 9 July 2018 Ask the man who picked up the tiny little pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s jawbone on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel if King was less dead than Malcolm X or Fred Hampton. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 2018 Fire Chief Sean Gleason said the move came after several fires on balconies of apartment complexes. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Grilling in the garage in Warren could soon land you in jail," 18 June 2018 Prince George spent his Saturday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour festivities, in formation with the rest of his extended family. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Breaking Down Prince George’s Very Busy Royal Weekend," 14 June 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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