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A balcony.
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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.


balcony (plural balconies)

  1. An accessible structure extending from a building, especially outside a window.
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  2. An accessible structure overlooking a stage or the like.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess[1]:
      Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.