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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Illustration of balcony

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Other Words from balcony

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 Buckingham Palace announced last week that, in a change with tradition for Trooping the Colour, only working royals will appear on the Palace balcony after the event. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 Comics are prescreened and booked, rowdy audience members are muted, sets are recorded and shared, and there’s even a VIP balcony. Adam Ruben, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 There is no Upper West Side and barely even a balcony. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 But the festivities were bittersweet this year as Charlene's 6-year-old twins appeared on the balcony holding signs of support for their mother. Peter Mikelbank,, 19 Nov. 2021 It’s a multi-level wooden structure with stairs, platforms and balcony-like areas and a New London waterfront skyline for a backdrop. Christopher Arnott,, 14 Oct. 2021 McArt encouraged anyone with a plot of land or even an apartment balcony to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 21 Aug. 2021 Blankets and laundry dangled from the railings of the school’s balcony, as women looked down into a yard where children were playing and men sat chatting. Fares Akram And Aya Batrawy,, 19 May 2021 But his space has a feature both of them can enjoy -- a balcony that overlooks the White House. Kate Bennett, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Balcony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for balcony


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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