|—n , pl -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), (Canadian) any circle or gallery in a theatre or auditorium including the dress circle|
|[C17: from Italian balcone, probably from Old High German balko beam; see |
external extension of an upper floor of a building, enclosed up to a height of about three feet (one metre) by a solid or pierced screen, by balusters (see also balustrade), or by railings. In the medieval and Renaissance periods, balconies were supported by corbels made out of successive courses of stonework, or by large wooden or stone brackets. Since the 19th century, supports of cast iron, reinforced concrete, and other materials have become common.
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