from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In theaters, a gallery occupying various positions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) 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.
  • noun A projecting gallery once common at the stern of large ships.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

Italian balcone, from Old Italian, scaffold, of Germanic origin.

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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.


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