Definition of canopy
1a : a cloth covering suspended over a bedb : a cover (as of cloth) fixed or carried above a person of high rank or a sacred object : baldachin A canopy hung over the altar.c : a protective covering: such as (1) : the uppermost spreading branchy layer of a forest (2) : awning, marquee A canopy was erected over the grandstand.
2 : an ornamental rooflike structure
3a : the transparent enclosure over an airplane cockpitb : the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air
Examples of canopy in a Sentence
A canopy hung over the altar.
trees line both sides of the garden path, with their foliage forming a leafy canopy for walkers
Recent Examples of canopy from the Web
The project featured a green canopy of flowers and a dance performance that pays homage to the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a toy sculpture by Charles and Ray Eames.
The agency also said that a second vehicle was involved in the incident, an older, black Ford F-150 truck with canopy.
The convenience store would be built north of the station's existing canopy, with the new car wash on the west side of the property.
To protect the sanctity of the most sacred coronation ritual, however, Elizabeth is shielded from the cameras by a golden canopy as she is anointed queen.
Back in the living room, two camping chairs with canopies are draped in white floaty fabric.
A leafy canopy overhead cast dark shadows on the chaotic assortment of plants and shrubs and gnarled, outstretched branches.
A mostly cloudy canopy dominates our day and highs hit the middle to upper 70s.
The two-and-a-half-hour ceremony took place in The Battle House's Moonlight Ballroom, with a large, custom mandap, or canopy, draped with flowing fabric and an elaborately beaded backdrop.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'canopy'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of canopy
Middle English canope, from Medieval Latin canopeum mosquito net, from Latin conopeum, from Greek kōnōpion, from kōnōps mosquito
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of canopy
: to cover with or as if with a canopy Tall trees canopied the island.
CANOPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canopy for English Language Learners
: a piece of cloth that hangs over a bed, throne, etc., as a decoration or shelter
: something that hangs or spreads out over an area
: the highest layer of branches in a forest or on a tree
CANOPY Defined for Kids
Definition of canopy for Students
1 : a covering fixed over a bed or throne or carried on poles (as over a person of high rank)
2 : something that hangs over and shades or shelters something else
3 : the uppermost spreading layer of a forest
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up canopy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).