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A balcony.
 
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EtymologyEdit

From Italian balcone(balcony, floor-length window), from Old Italian balcone(scaffold) from Lombardic *balk, *balko(beam), from Proto-Germanic *balkô(beam), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵ-(beam, pile, prop). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho(beam), Old English balca(beam, ridge). More at balk.

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balcony ‎(plural balconies)

  1. (architecture) 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, in 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.

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