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a balustraded or railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building.
a gallery in a theater.
Contemporary Examples

Sheen shouted to one of his goddesses calling to him from the balcony.
Charlie Sheen’s “Winningest” Interview Moments The Daily Beast Video February 28, 2011

That’s why, during his address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, he didn’t mention you or your accusations once.
How Legitimate Was My Rape? Justin Green August 19, 2012

Orchestra seats cost $100; mezzanine is $75; and balcony, $50.
Here’s the Program for Women in the World Texas! October 1, 2014

Why does Don sit out in the cold at the end of the episode—alone on his balcony in his bathrobe?
Jon Hamm on the Final Season of ‘Mad Men’ and the Advice He Got From Bryan Cranston and Tina Fey Andrew Romano April 13, 2014

In the other, a gorgeous medical technician is found hanging from a balcony, totally nude, her hands and feet bound.
Mysterious Death at Mogul’s Mansion Christine Pelisek July 19, 2011

Historical Examples

When the end came it was like falling out of a balcony into the street.
The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad

To his surprise it was full—orchestra, balcony, and gallery.
The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon

Quick as thought I found my feet again, and before anyone could prevent me, leaped out on to the balcony.
The Strand Magazine, Volume VII, Issue 41, May, 1894 Various

And once more Betty took a swift departure by way of the balcony door.
An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner

Sunlight, lovely full sunlight, lingered warm and still on the balcony.
Aaron’s Rod D. H. Lawrence

noun (pl) -nies
a platform projecting from the wall of a building with a balustrade or railing along its outer edge, often with access from a door or window
a gallery in a theatre or auditorium, above the dress circle
(US & Canadian) any circle or gallery in a theatre or auditorium including the dress circle

1610s, from Italian balcone, from balco “scaffold,” from a Germanic source (perhaps Langobardic *balko- “beam,” cf. Old English balca “beam, ridge;” see balk) + Italian augmentative suffix -one. Till c.1825, regularly accented on the second syllable.


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