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

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

balconied, adjective
unbalconied, adjective Unabridged
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balcony (ˈbælkənɪ)
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 balk]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from It. balcone, from balco "scaffold" (from Langobardic *balko- "beam," cf. O.E. balca "beam, ridge;" see balk) + It. augmentative suffix -one. Till c.1825, regularly accented on the second syllable.
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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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