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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un-balconied

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 un-balconied

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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Encyclopedia Article for un-balconied

balcony

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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