balcony

A balcony is a porch or platform that extends from an upper floor of a building. Your apartment might have a balcony with a view of a city park.

Most balconies have railings around them to protect people from tumbling off, and many balconies provide an interesting view. You might linger on the balcony of your hotel room in Hawaii, enjoying the warm air and the distant glimpse of the ocean it gives you. Balcony comes from the Italian balcone, which in turn comes from balcone, or "scaffold." The root is most likely Germanic, possibly related to the Old English balca, "beam or ridge."

Definitions of balcony
  1. noun
    a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
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    gallery
    narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
    amphitheater, amphitheatre
    a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
    choir loft
    a gallery in a church occupied by the choir
    organ loft
    a gallery occupied by a church organ
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  2. noun
    an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
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    balcony consisting of the forward section of a theater mezzanine
    first balcony, mezzanine
    first or lowest balcony
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
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