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balcony

[ bal-kuh-nee ]
/ ˈbæl kə ni /
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noun, plural bal·co·nies.

a balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building.
a gallery in a theater.

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box, stoop, porch, mezzanine, platform, terrace, gallery, veranda, catwalk, portico, piazza, balustrade

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balch, emily greene, balche, balcon, balconet, balconette, balcony, bald, bald cypress, bald eagle, bald-faced, bald-faced hornet

Origin of balcony

1610–20; < Italian balcone balcony, floor-length window < Langobardic (compare Old High German balc(h)o, accusative singular balcon beam; see balk); sense extended from the beam over an aperture to the aperture itself
Related formsbal·co·nied, adjectiveun·bal·co·nied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for balcony

balcony

/ (ˈbælkənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a platform projecting from the wall of a building with a balustrade or railing along its outer edge, often with access from a door or window
a gallery in a theatre or auditorium, above the dress circle
US and Canadian any circle or gallery in a theatre or auditorium including the dress circle
Derived Formsbalconied, adjective

Word Origin for balcony

C17: from Italian balcone, probably from Old High German balko beam; see balk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for balcony

balcony


n.

1610s, from Italian balcone, from balco "scaffold," from a Germanic source (perhaps Langobardic *balko- "beam," cf. Old English balca "beam, ridge;" see balk) + Italian augmentative suffix -one. Till c.1825, regularly accented on the second syllable.

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