Bal"co*ny (?), n.; pl. Balconies (#). [It. balcone; cf. It. balco, palco, scaffold, fr. OHG. balcho, pacho, beam, G. balken. See Balk beam.]
A platform projecting from the wall of a building, usually resting on brackets or consoles, and inclosed by a parapet; as, a balcony in front of a window. Also, a projecting gallery in places of amusement; as, the balcony in a theater.
A projecting gallery once common at the stern of large ships.
⇒ "The accent has shifted from the second to the first syllable within these twenty years."
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