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balcony

Syllabification: bal·co·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈbalkənē
 
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Definition of balcony in English:

noun (plural balconies)

1A platform enclosed by a wall or balustrade on the outside of a building, with access from an upper-floor window or door.
Example sentences
  • He'd also like to open up the rear windows with ceiling-height doors leading to balconies.
  • Here the horizontal walls, terraces and balconies merge with their site.
  • Thick, white walls were made flamboyant by ornate balconies and luxurious story-length windows.
Synonyms
veranda, terrace, balustrade, patio;
2 (the balcony) The upstairs seats in a theater, concert hall, or auditorium.
Example sentences
  • A woman, seen from above, seated in the balcony of a theatre, in her turn looks down on the spectacle below.
  • The audience again cheers, but a new scene soon opens on the balcony above.
  • Russel led Matt to a balcony above the balcony that connected to the throne room.
Synonyms
gallery, dress circle, loge, upper tier, upper deck;
choir loft
informal gods

Origin

early 17th century: from Italian balcone, probably ultimately of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

balconied

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • So you'll be wanting a balconied Medina Side Bedroom which clocks in at a price of £198DB (b&b) per night, with free airport transfers.
  • Most persons of the St Lucian upper class lived in balconied houses situated around the Square, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • This will be quite a modern building with a balconied atrium inside.

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