AskDefine | Define balcony

Dictionary Definition



1 an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
2 a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An accessible structure extending from a building, especially outside a window.
  2. An accessible structure overlooking a stage.
  3. - large or projected breasts on a woman
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structure extending from a building
  • Bosnian: balkon
  • Croatian: balkon
  • Czech: balkón
  • Danish: altan, balkon
  • Dutch: balkon
  • Finnish: parveke
  • French: balcon
  • German: Balkon
  • Hebrew: מרפסת (mirpeset)
  • Ido: balkono
  • Italian: balcone
  • Persian: بالکن
  • Portuguese: sacada
  • Romanian: balcon
  • Russian: балкон
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: балкон
    Roman: balkon
  • Spanish: balcón
  • Swedish: balkong
structure overlooking a stage
  • Croatian: balkon
  • Czech: balkón
  • Finnish: parveke, lehteri
  • French: balcon
  • Spanish: palco
  • Swedish: balkong, läktare
  • Croatian: balkoni
  • Romanian: balcoane

Extensive Definition

Balcony (from Italian balcone, scaffold; cf. High German balcho, beam, balk; probably cognate with Persian term بالكانه bālkāneh or its older variant پالكانه pālkāneh ), a kind of platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets, and enclosed with a balustrade. The traditional Maltese balcony is a wooden closed balcony projecting from a wall.
Alternatively, Juliette balconies do not protrude out of the building. They are usually part of an upper floor, with a balustrade only at the front, and walls on the sides.
Sometimes balconies are adapted for ceremonial purposes, e.g. that of St. Peter's Basilica at Rome, when the newly elected pope gives his blessing urbi et orbi after the conclave. Inside churches, balconies are sometimes provided for the singers, and in banqueting halls and the like for the musicians.
A unit with a regular balcony will have doors that open up onto a small patio with railings. To the contrary, a French balcony is actually a false balcony, with doors that open to a railing with a view of the courtyard or the surrounding scenery below.
In theatres, the balcony was formerly a stage-box, but the name is now usually confined to the part of the auditorium above the dress circle and below the gallery.

Famous uses of balconies

Balconies have been used extensively in many television, movie, and stage performances. One of the most famous of all is, by far, the famous "balcony scene" in William Shakespeare's famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
balcony in Catalan: Balcó
balcony in Czech: Balkon
balcony in Danish: Balkon
balcony in German: Balkon
balcony in Spanish: Balcón
balcony in French: Balcon
balcony in Croatian: Balkon
balcony in Italian: Balcone
balcony in Luxembourgish: Balkon
balcony in Dutch: Balkon (bouw)
balcony in Japanese: バルコニー
balcony in Norwegian: Balkong
balcony in Polish: Balkon
balcony in Russian: Балкон
balcony in Sicilian: Barcuni
balcony in Simple English: Balcony
balcony in Finnish: Parveke
balcony in Swedish: Balkong
balcony in Thai: ระเบียง
balcony in Turkish: Balkon
balcony in Ukrainian: Балкон
balcony in Chinese: 露臺

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

auditorium, box, box seat, catafalque, dais, dress circle, emplacement, estrade, fauteuil, floor, gallery, heliport, hustings, landing, landing pad, landing stage, launching pad, loge, nigger heaven, orchestra, orchestra circle, paradise, parquet, parquet circle, parterre, peanut gallery, pit, platform, podium, proscenium boxes, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stage, stall, standing room, step terrace, stump, terrace, theatre stall, tribunal, tribune
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