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balcony

[bal-kuh-nee] /ˈbæl kə ni/
noun, plural balconies.
1.
a balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building.
2.
a gallery in a theater.
Origin of balcony
1610-1620
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
balconied, adjective
unbalconied, adjective
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  • When the end came it was like falling out of a balcony into the street.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • He sat down on the edge of the balcony and stared out blankly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Quick as thought I found my feet again, and before anyone could prevent me, leaped out on to the balcony.

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

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Sunlight, lovely full sunlight, lingered warm and still on the balcony.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for balcony

balcony

/ˈbælkənɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
balconied, adjective
Word Origin
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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