Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A platform that projects from the wall of a building and is surrounded by a railing, balustrade, or parapet.
  • n. A gallery that projects over the main floor in a theater or auditorium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An accessible structure extending from a building, especially outside a window.
  • n. An accessible structure overlooking a stage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A platform projecting from the wall of a building, usually resting on brackets or consoles, and inclosed by a parapet. Also, a projecting gallery in places of amusement.
  • n. A projecting gallery once common at the stern of large ships.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stage or platform projecting from the wall of a building within or without, supported by columns, pillars, or consoles, and encompassed with a balustrade, railing, or parapet. Outer balconies are common before windows, and inner ones in ball-rooms, public halls, etc.
  • n. In theaters, a gallery occupying various positions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
  • n. a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet

Etymologies

Italian balcone, from Old Italian, scaffold, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian balcone "balcony, floor-length window" from Old Italian balcone "scaffold", from Lombardic *balko, *balkon- ("beam") from Proto-Germanic *balkô (“beam”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg'- (“beam, pile, prop”). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho ("beam"), Old English balca ("beam, ridge"). More at balk. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "I'm right on what we call the balcony of the city," said Leal, the cafeteria owner.

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  • The basic format, of a woman seated on a balcony, is inspired by the Mona Lisa, and there's a watery landscape abutting Eleonora's left side, that recalls a popular metaphor, the "lake of the heart"; there's even a left-sided half-smile.

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  • The balcony is small and narrow, but on this cold and foggy March morning it does provide asomber view of the frozen expanse of St. Croix river and thebridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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  • It is a balcony from a village home that is nothing like a classic terrace overlooking a garden.

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  • Many times a static balcony is simply not cost effective, confined by space or an available past option.

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  • It's a warm spring here (27º Celsius right now) although this morning when I woke, since the balcony is still in shadow then, I left the house with a black cashmere sweater on.

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  • No balcony any longer, alas, but being invited in for a week on the coast to talk with other poet-translators about poetry ... well, not having a balcony is not exactly something to complain about.

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  • But me, well it's all my idea of heaven, I'm counting the days and my junior suite with private balcony is waiting for me.

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  • At 11: 00 pm on that September, 1910, President Porfirio Díaz stood on the main balcony of the National Palace, and once again rang the same bell Hidalgo had rung in Dolores.

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