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balcony.
1. Platform or open gallery built out from the naked of a wall, supported on brackets, consoles, corbels, or columns, or cantilevered. Normally constructed in front of windows or other apertures, it is unroofed, with a balustrade, parapet, or railing around the platform, is capable of bearing the weight of one or more persons, and is usually slightly below the floor-level within the building.

2. Projecting gallery with seats in an auditorium at a higher level than the stalls.

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bal·co·ny / ˈbalkənē/ • n. (pl. -nies) 1. a platform enclosed by a wall or balustrade on the outside of a building, with access from an upper-floor window or door. 2. (the balcony) the upstairs seats in a theater, concert hall, or auditorium. DERIVATIVES: bal·co·nied adj.

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balcony balustraded platform on the outside of a house. XVII. — It. balcone, prob. f. Gmc. *balkan- beam, BALK. Regularly str. balcony till early XIX.