balcony

[ 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.

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 forms

bal·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 Forms

balconied, adjective

Word Origin for balcony

C17: from Italian balcone, probably from Old High German balko beam; see balk
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