aw·​ning | \ ˈȯ-niŋ How to pronounce awning (audio) , 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 How to pronounce awninged (audio) \ 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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After the chaos that unfolded Sunday night, the destruction of the Ritz Carlton awning, and the word of free Bud Light at the parade, there was good reason to be apprehensive about what the parade itself would unleash. Luke Darby, GQ, "Jason Kelce Had a Loud, Profanity-Laced Blast at the Eagles' Super Bowl Parade," 8 Feb. 2018 There are four exterior doors, eight large mesh windows, and a wide awning over the main door. Rebecca Straus, Sunset, "10 Amazing Luxury Camping Tents," 22 Jan. 2018 California room Builders used to slap an awning on the back of the house and call it a patio. Tony Bizjak, The Seattle Times, "10 hot home innovations — from dog showers to doorbell cams," 26 Oct. 2018 White added matching red accents in the form of a flower trellis and plant shelf, as well as an awning over the door, a table and chairs set, and tons of lush greenery. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Shed-Turned-Cottage Transformation Is Nothing Short of Adorable," 9 Feb. 2016 An impressive 270-degree awning wraps around the side and the rear kitchen to provide shade, and a side tent drops out of a storage box near the roof to provide a private shower area. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly camper trailer tackles any terrain and sleeps four," 15 Oct. 2018 J&F Mini Market, before its awning and frontage upgrade. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York Helps Give Some of Its Iconic Bodegas a Makeover," 11 Aug. 2018 Don Julio Its striped awning on a cute corner lures you in: step through the wooden doors and come face to face with all sizes of steaks sizzling on the indoor parrilla (grill). Sorrel Moseley-williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Steakhouses in Buenos Aires," 24 May 2018 Shelter is provided by a retractable awning that extends more than 7 feet, and power is available via shore connection or optional solar panel. Cherise Threewitt,, "Going camping? The best vehicles for 'glamping' include pickups, vans," 14 Mar. 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 How to pronounce awning (audio) \

Kids Definition of awning

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

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