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

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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 The 3,660-guest ship boasts the new Sky Suites, which the line touts as having the largest balconies at sea. Richard Tribou,, "Florida winter cruise season in full swing with arrival of Sky Princess," 25 Nov. 2019 Among the five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms is the upstairs master suite, which has a balcony and dual closets. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: No time like the present for luxury real estate deals," 12 Oct. 2019 All three levels house a bar and kitchenette and the master bedroom, fittingly, has a master balcony. Mario Sanelli, The Denver Post, "Buyers can “name their price” for this multimillion-dollar Telluride home," 2 Sep. 2019 The master bedroom has a private balcony accessible through a sliding glass door. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Newly updated Almaden Valley townhome," 14 Aug. 2019 To top it off, rooms and villas have private balconies, and some even come with private plunge pools or hot tubs. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 For example, there is a private hospital in São Paulo where a woman can pay 2000 reais per day (or $500) to rent out a suite that has a balcony and a mini bar, plus a living room and bathroom for guests. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Brazilian Women Are Throwing Elaborate C-Section Watch Parties —and Everyone’s Invited," 15 June 2019 Unlike most European hotels, the rooms have private balconies with lake front views. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Perfect Vacation in Franciacorta—Italy's Secret Lake-Side Wine Region," 13 June 2019 Of the mix, the Al Najada Doha Hotel is the newest and most lavish, while the Bismillah Hotel is the oldest hotel in Doha, dating back to the 1950s when it was used by foreign traders, and has private balconies overlooking the souk. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 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 entry 2

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The first known use of balcony was in 1618

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Balcony.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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