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[bal-kuh-nee] /ˈbæl kə ni/
noun, plural balconies.
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
balconied, adjective
unbalconied, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -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 & 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

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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