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balcony

[bal-kuh-nee]
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noun, plural bal·co·nies.
  1. a balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building.
  2. a gallery in a theater.
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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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Related Words for balcony

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

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Contemporary Examples of balcony

Historical Examples of balcony

  • He sat down on the edge of the balcony and stared out blankly.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Christine had stepped out on the balcony, and was speaking to K. just inside.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Christine and Palmer Howe came in to see her, and to inspect the balcony, now finished.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • At first, by the aid of the furniture, she was able to get to the balcony.

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    Emile Zola

  • She did not even go to the balcony, or to the window, as before.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for balcony

balcony

noun plural -nies
  1. 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
  2. a gallery in a theatre or auditorium, above the dress circle
  3. US and Canadian any circle or gallery in a theatre or auditorium including the dress circle
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Derived Formsbalconied, adjective

Word Origin for balcony

C17: from Italian balcone, probably from Old High German balko beam; see balk
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Word Origin and History for 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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