Meaning of balcony in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbalkəni/

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nounplural noun balconies

  • 1A platform enclosed by a wall or balustrade on the outside of a building, with access from an upper-floor window or door.

    ‘the glass doors opened on to a balcony with a view of the park’
    • ‘He'd also like to open up the rear windows with ceiling-height doors leading to balconies.’
    • ‘Here the horizontal walls, terraces and balconies merge with their site.’
    • ‘Thick, white walls were made flamboyant by ornate balconies and luxurious story-length windows.’
    • ‘The upper floors have external balconies with views of the sea and harbour.’
    • ‘More residents were rescued from windows and balconies by ladder.’
    • ‘Women negotiate from their windows and balconies with the potato men to have large bags of potatoes brought up to their kitchens.’
    • ‘Neighbouring condo dwellers hang outside on their balconies watching the festivities.’
    • ‘The balconies enlivened the building with their deep and geometric shadows.’
    • ‘It was a grand house; all balconies and balustrades, stained glass and long, winding staircases.’
    • ‘A total of 26 people were injured after jumping from windows and balconies in the area.’
    • ‘The tiled roof tops, narrow streets and little balconies dotting the buildings add to the charm.’
    • ‘They put them up in shops and hairdressing salons, hung them from bicycles, window ledges and balconies.’
    • ‘Its highest point would be a curved white corner tower with bay windows, deep window recesses and balconies.’
    • ‘It had big windows with little balconies for flowers at the front and neat lawns surrounded by a high fence with spikes along the top.’
    • ‘Most of the apartments will have private access to steel balconies with hardwood decking.’
    • ‘Rows of small candles or lamps are placed on balconies and windows to welcome them home.’
    • ‘Lareina was outside on one the many balconies, only hers nearly touched the lake water.’
    • ‘Festoons of golden rope hung like blonde locks from one of the balconies.’
    • ‘The latter can be used in a greater variety of locations, including balconies.’
    • ‘The balconies are shaped like the bow of a ship with railings of curved glass topped with stainless steel.’
  • 2the balconyThe highest tier of seats in a theatre, above the dress or upper circle.

    ‘A woman, seen from above, seated in the balcony of a theatre, in her turn looks down on the spectacle below.’
    • ‘The audience again cheers, but a new scene soon opens on the balcony above.’
    • ‘Russel led Matt to a balcony above the balcony that connected to the throne room.’
    • ‘Max and Kasyan were approaching the section of the balcony above Don Ricardo and the others.’
    • ‘The audience watches from the balcony above or alongside the dancing on the exhibit floor.’
    • ‘And the wonderful Darren has promised that I can sit in the balcony and watch from above.’
    • ‘The crowd roars and cheered as Shobeck appeared with his queen on the balcony above the stage.’
    • ‘They occupied the floor level of the hall, as well as the balcony level above.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, most of the comfortable chair-back seating in the balcony was empty.’
    • ‘We were seated up on the balcony overlooking the singer, and had just a truly wonderful night.’
    • ‘Michael led them to their seats in the balcony and handed her her show glasses.’
    • ‘The Elder and his guard had flown in as well from Angelica and took their seats in the balcony.’
    • ‘A man dressed in a white suit looked down from the balcony of the second floor to the dance floor.’
    • ‘Work is due to start later this month on a scheme to provide extra seating and a bar area in the balcony at the Thwaites Empire Theatre at Ewood.’
    • ‘As a reward, they let him buy them an early meal at the theatre's café before they returned to the balcony to watch the show.’
    • ‘In the old days an orchestra hid on the balcony while the guests below held masked balls and Sunday dances.’
    • ‘This new musical will follow the format of having the downstairs audience seated at tables with normal seating in the balcony.’
    • ‘The guys sitting with them in the balcony jumped out of their seats to dance to the Vaadi Vaadi number.’
    • ‘Will curtains on the balcony, whether open or closed, affect sightlines and acoustics?’
    • ‘Valerane shut the door behind him and sat down, legs crossed, back against the only exit from the balcony as he waited silently with his eyes shut.’
    1. 2.1The upstairs seats in a cinema.
      ‘The first 100 children to arrive got upstairs seats in the balcony, so I used to make sure I was there.’
      • ‘Upstairs is the balcony and snack bar or ‘chuckwagon’ as it's known round these parts.’
      • ‘In Zamboanga itself, a grenade hurled from a cinema balcony into the crowd below injured four people.’
      • ‘On the balcony above, there were people leaning over the rail holding drinks.’
      • ‘He is standing at the foot of the stairs that lead up to the balcony seating, surrounded by the rest of the gang.’
      • ‘Inevitably, there are a number of empty seats in the balcony; if you want, you can volunteer to fill these.’
      • ‘As a boy, he had to watch Old Yeller at the Onslow Theatre from the balcony.’
    2. 2.2North American The dress circle in a theatre.
      ‘The first balcony felt much like the balcony at the Ohio Theater, though smaller, except I loved the narrow (less than 3 feet wide, I'm sure) staircases.’
      • ‘I like to sit in the front of the first balcony.’


Early 17th century from Italian balcone, probably ultimately of Germanic origin.