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
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)