balcony

balcony
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Italian balcone, from Old Italian, large window, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balko beam — more at balk Date: 1618 1. a platform that projects from the wall of a building and is enclosed by a parapet or railing 2. an interior projecting gallery in a public building (as a theater) • balconied adjective

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  • Balcony — (from Italian balcone , scaffold; cf. High German balcho , beam, balk; probably cognate with Persian term بالكانه bālkāneh or its older variant پالكانه pālkāneh [ Dehkhoda Persian Dictionary] ), a kind of platform projecting from the wall of a… …   Wikipedia

  • Balcony — Bal co*ny (b[a^]l k[ o]*n[y^]; 277), n.; pl. {Balconies} (b[a^]l k[ o]*n[i^]z). [It. balcone; cf. It. balco, palco, scaffold, fr. OHG. balcho, palcho, beam, G. balken. See {Balk} beam.] 1. (Arch.) A platform projecting from the wall of a building …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balcony — 1610s, from It. balcone, from balco scaffold (from Langobardic *balko beam, Cf. O.E. balca beam, ridge; see BALK (Cf. balk)) + Italian augmentative suffix one. Till c.1825, regularly accented on the second syllable …   Etymology dictionary

  • balcony — [n] porch or structure above the ground balustrade, box*, catwalk, gallery, mezzanine, piazza, platform, porch, portico, stoop, terrace, veranda; concept 440 …   New thesaurus

  • balcony — ► NOUN (pl. balconies) 1) an enclosed platform on the outside of a building, with access from an upper floor window or door. 2) the highest tier of seats in a theatre or cinema. DERIVATIVES balconied adjective. ORIGIN Italian balcone …   English terms dictionary

  • balcony — [bal′kə nē] n. pl. balconies [It balcone < Langobardic * balko , akin to OHG balcho, beam: for IE base see BALK] 1. a platform projecting from the wall of an upper floor of a building and enclosed by a railing 2. an upper floor of rows of… …   English World dictionary

  • balcony — balconied, adj. /bal keuh nee/, n., pl. balconies. 1. a balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building. 2. a gallery in a theater. [1610 20; < It balcone balcony, floor length window < Langobardic (cf. OHG balc(h)o …   Universalium

  • balcony — [[t]bæ̱lkəni[/t]] balconies 1) N COUNT A balcony is a platform on the outside of a building, above ground level, with a wall or railing around it. 2) N SING The balcony in a theatre or cinema is an area of seats above the main seating area. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • balcony — noun 1) the balcony of the hotel Syn: veranda, terrace, balustrade, patio 2) the applause from the balcony Syn: gallery, dress circle, loge, upper tier, upper deck; choir loft; informal gods …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • balcony */ — UK [ˈbælkənɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms balcony : singular balcony plural balconies 1) a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building. 2) theatre an upper floor in a theatre or cinema… …   English dictionary

  • balcony — noun Balcony is used before these nouns: ↑rail, ↑window …   Collocations dictionary

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