aw·ning | \ˈȯ-niŋ, ˈä-niŋ\

Definition of awning 

: a rooflike cover extending over or in front of a place (as over the deck or in front of a door or window) as a shelter

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Other Words from awning

awninged \-niŋd \ adjective

Synonyms for awning


canopy, ceiling, cover, roof, tent

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Examples of awning in a Sentence

stayed under the awning outside the shop during the rainstorm

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Images of the restaurant, a three-hour-drive from Washington, online appear to show no evidence of serious disrepair, with clean-looking green awnings and white paint on the doors and trim. Jill Colvin,, "Trump trash talks Virginia restaurant that booted Sarah Huckabee Sanders," 25 June 2018 Even people who have never set foot in this venerable store with the signature green awning on West Houston Street, between Macdougal and Sullivan Streets, have very likely tasted Raffetto’s wares. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Romana Raffetto, Pasta Matriarch in New York, Dies at 85," 31 May 2018 Today, the model-actress was spotted outdoors under an awning, holding up her iPhone in outstretched-arm selfie position. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski is Caught Shamelessly—and Stylishly—Taking a Selfie," 27 Apr. 2018 On the exterior, Peltz plans to install a new black awning and new steel balconies, giving the building more of a modern aesthetic. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Hayek's Pharmacy in Shorewood will be renovated," 11 Apr. 2018 The News Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, reported that fans climbed atop the awning of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, causing it to collapse, while a car was flipped outside another luxury hotel, the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Philly mayor cites fans falling from light poles 'like idiots'," 5 Feb. 2018 Relatives of the missing spent much of the 10 days of the search waiting for news in plastic chairs under a temporary awning near the operation’s command center. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Turns to How to Extract Trapped Soccer Team," 3 July 2018 The quaint red restaurant, its dirty green awnings made famous by a disapproving tweet Monday from President Trump, was scheduled to open for dinner service at 5 p.m. Protesters began showing up around 3. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 26 June 2018 Outside, a flip down table and a pass-through cabinet make life on the road a little more convenient, and a large awning provides shade. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of awning

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for awning

origin unknown

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The first known use of awning was in 1582

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aw·ning | \ˈȯ-niŋ \

Kids Definition of awning

: a cover (as of canvas) that shades or shelters like a roof

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