[ bal-kuh-nee ]
/ ˈbæl kə ni /

noun, plural bal·co·nies.

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

Nearby words

  1. balch, emily greene,
  2. balche,
  3. balcon,
  4. balconet,
  5. balconette,
  6. bald,
  7. bald cypress,
  8. bald eagle,
  9. bald-faced,
  10. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

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Word Origin and History for balcony



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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