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 balconied (audio) \ 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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Late last year, Tom posted to his Instagram Story a behind-the-scenes look at filming Spider-Man: Far From Home that featured Zoha on a balcony. Sarah Khan, Teen Vogue, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 Landen, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown over a balcony at the Mall of America in April, has had at least 15 operations since then and remains in intensive care, his family said. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Boy Thrown From Mall of America Balcony Has Had 15 Operations, Remains in Intensive Care," 26 June 2019 The apartment offers oversized closets and a balcony. Hoodline, The Mercury News, "Renting in San Jose: What you can find for $3,700," 20 June 2019 For Priyanka Chopra, the azure waters of the Mediterranean made for the perfect Instagram backdrop—especially while posing upon a balcony. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "These Celebrity Instagrams from Cannes Will Inspire Major French Riviera Wanderlust," 28 May 2019 French doors in the dining room, which seats 16, lead out to a balcony. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Art-Collecting Real-Estate Heiress Lists Manhattan Pad for $12 Million," 26 Dec. 2018 Leaning over a balcony, Kendall and Deitchman pointed out New Stand’s youthful, seventeen-person staff, working at a long table on the basement level, next to a Click & Grow herb garden. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Newsstands of the Future Will Have No Newspapers," 21 June 2019 The dramatic master suite, set under vaulted ceilings and a chandelier, opens to a private balcony. Jack Flemming,, "Singer KT Tunstall trims price of mail-order Craftsman in Venice," 21 June 2019 The rooms and villas all feature large balconies for soaking in the surroundings, too. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019

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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 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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