WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bal•co•ny /ˈbælkəni/USA pronunciation
n. [countable],pl. -nies. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Architecturean elevated platform on the outside wall of a building.
- an upstairs seating area in a theater.
(bal′kə nē), n., pl. -nies.
- Architecturea balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building.
- a gallery in a theater.
- 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
- Italian balcone balcony, floor-length window
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balcony /ˈbælkənɪ/ n ( pl -nies)
Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian balcone, probably from Old High German balko beam; see balkˈbalconied adj
- 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
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