Definition of balcony in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Its highest point would be a curved white corner tower with bay windows, deep window recesses and balconies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tiled roof tops, narrow streets and little balconies dotting the buildings add to the charm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Festoons of golden rope hung like blonde locks from one of the balconies.’
    • ‘Rows of small candles or lamps are placed on balconies and windows to welcome them home.’
    • ‘Thick, white walls were made flamboyant by ornate balconies and luxurious story-length windows.’
    • ‘Most of the apartments will have private access to steel balconies with hardwood decking.’
    • ‘Neighbouring condo dwellers hang outside on their balconies watching the festivities.’
    • ‘The balconies are shaped like the bow of a ship with railings of curved glass topped with stainless steel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here the horizontal walls, terraces and balconies merge with their site.’
    • ‘They put them up in shops and hairdressing salons, hung them from bicycles, window ledges and balconies.’
    • ‘He'd also like to open up the rear windows with ceiling-height doors leading to balconies.’
    • ‘Lareina was outside on one the many balconies, only hers nearly touched the lake water.’
    • ‘The latter can be used in a greater variety of locations, including balconies.’
    • ‘The upper floors have external balconies with views of the sea and harbour.’
    • ‘A total of 26 people were injured after jumping from windows and balconies in the area.’
  • 2the balconyThe highest tier of seats in a theatre, above the dress or upper circle.

    • ‘The Elder and his guard had flown in as well from Angelica and took their seats in the balcony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Russel led Matt to a balcony above the balcony that connected to the throne room.’
    • ‘We were seated up on the balcony overlooking the singer, and had just a truly wonderful night.’
    • ‘A man dressed in a white suit looked down from the balcony of the second floor to the dance floor.’
    • ‘Michael led them to their seats in the balcony and handed her her show glasses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Max and Kasyan were approaching the section of the balcony above Don Ricardo and the others.’
    • ‘And the wonderful Darren has promised that I can sit in the balcony and watch from above.’
    • ‘A woman, seen from above, seated in the balcony of a theatre, in her turn looks down on the spectacle below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guys sitting with them in the balcony jumped out of their seats to dance to the Vaadi Vaadi number.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, most of the comfortable chair-back seating in the balcony was empty.’
    • ‘In the old days an orchestra hid on the balcony while the guests below held masked balls and Sunday dances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The audience watches from the balcony above or alongside the dancing on the exhibit floor.’
    • ‘The audience again cheers, but a new scene soon opens on the balcony above.’
    • ‘This new musical will follow the format of having the downstairs audience seated at tables with normal seating in the balcony.’
    1. 2.1 The upstairs seats in a cinema.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is standing at the foot of the stairs that lead up to the balcony seating, surrounded by the rest of the gang.’
      • ‘The first 100 children to arrive got upstairs seats in the balcony, so I used to make sure I was there.’
      • ‘On the balcony above, there were people leaning over the rail holding drinks.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2North American The dress circle in a theatre.
      • ‘I like to sit in the front of the first balcony.’
      • ‘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.’


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