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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Other Words from balcony

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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Most rooms come with private decks, or balconies and fireplaces. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Kight and her husband were part of the crowd at Thursday's celebration of life, where people filled the rooms upstairs and flowed onto the balcony and lawn below. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A month before he died, a beloved Anchorage bartender met his daughter," 30 June 2018 Also available as of Wednesday was the Lakeside Guest Room with two queen beds, a balcony and a lake view for $615 a night. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 last-minute 4th of July getaway vacations in Michigan," 27 June 2018 Elaborate viewing platforms are being constructed by media companies on rooftops, hotel balconies and in the shadow of Windsor Castle, where Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will marry as millions of people around the world watch on live television. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding: Windsor in full swing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day," 15 May 2018 Lined up on the balcony outside the shop, which is tucked away in a Chinatown office building, a gaggle of green-haired kids is eagerly waiting to sift through the one-of-kind wares. Maxwell Williams, Vogue, "The New Come Tees Store Brings the Best of L.A.’s Underground Fashion Scene Under One Roof," 18 Apr. 2019 The William Vale Every room at this modern, art-centric abode boasts a balcony for premium skyline views. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Brooklyn," 16 Apr. 2019 Or, try leaning against the balcony while your partner gets into position behind you. Glamour, "The 12 Best Places to Have Sex," 6 Apr. 2019 Long Room Heckfield’s finest space; a private apartment with vaulted ceilings, sitting and dining room, private terrace and balcony with breathtaking views of the lakes, gardens and surrounding countryside. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Took a Luxe Babymoon in the Countryside," 4 Apr. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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