aw·​ning ˈȯ-niŋ How to pronounce awning (audio)
: 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
ˈȯ-niŋd How to pronounce awning (audio)

Examples of awning in a Sentence

stayed under the awning outside the shop during the rainstorm
Recent Examples on the Web The shop with the can't-miss blue awning and signs on Woodward has been around for more than 70 years. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024 Maple Leaf Mel was euthanized in front of the iconic wooden clubhouse, with its red-and-white-striped awnings. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2024 Any word when Pulido’s will reopen? —Lots of readers The new green awning at 2900 Pulido St. near Montgomery Street spurred questions about the 58-year-old Mexican restaurants’ reopening under new owners from JD’s Hamburgers and West Side Cafe. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 However, Chase does have a branch in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, featuring rainbow awnings, that’s located around the corner from the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 riot that marked a turning point for LGBTQ+ rights. The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2024 The Logan Circle store has long featured a tattered awning, a mess of toys haphazardly placed in its display window and a weathered wooden sign out front advertising what people might find inside. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 Other optional extras include a high-tech entertainment system, solar panels, a sun awning, and a jet-thruster system for improved maneuverability. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024 The banners and awnings along the walls are historically accurate, but also soak up sound, and the backs of the seats are perforated to cut down on noise. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Smartphone footage showed an awning on a seventh-floor balcony catching fire at around 5:30pm CET, before the flames rushed upwards. Alex Christian, WIRED, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of awning was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Awning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


aw·​ning ˈȯn-iŋ How to pronounce awning (audio)
: a cover (as of canvas) that shades or shelters like a roof

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