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 \ ˈȯ-​niŋd How to pronounce awninged (audio) , ˈä-​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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Any corner store that’s been around for decades has an awning that reads like a time capsule: newspapers, faxes, phone cards, stationery. Allie Conti, New York Times, "Can Instagram and Egg Creams Save the Last Punk Rock Bodega?," 29 Aug. 2019 There were moms and dads and children in their little chairs with a little awning, hanging out roasting marshmallows, doing their thing. Bobby Olivier, Billboard, "The Forgotten Woodstock: The Oral History of Woodstock '89, The Impromptu Little Festival That Could," 15 Aug. 2019 Rain floods the streets and, unfazed, Thompson casually walks to an awning for shelter. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The quiet brilliance of Kenan Thompson," 28 Aug. 2019 My suite had a view of the courtyard, the hotel’s signature red awnings slanting from the opposite winders like the brims of hats worn just for show. Alan Behr,, "When Paris does what it does best," 20 Aug. 2019 The bees swarmed on an awning at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. Fox News, "NYPD beekeeper removes 25,000 honeybees from Staten Island Ferry," 6 Aug. 2019 The multicolored umbrellas that form a photogenic awning over the street in front of the governor's mansion were taken down. CBS News, "Thousands call on Puerto Rico's governor to resign in massive protest," 17 July 2019 That’s why Jerry Beavers decided to install an awning on his house in November of last year. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Call for Action helps Mesa man get awnings after Scottsdale company fails to deliver," 16 July 2019 Red awning, white tablecloths, people for whom time seems to have stopped on this humid Friday afternoon. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local on Beacon Hill," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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