canopy

noun
can·​o·​py | \ ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio) \
plural canopies

Definition of canopy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a cloth covering suspended over a bed
b : 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 cockpit
b : the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air

canopy

verb
canopied; canopying

Definition of canopy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with a canopy Tall trees canopied the island.

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Synonyms for canopy

Synonyms: Noun

awning, ceiling, cover, roof, tent

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Examples of canopy in a Sentence

Noun

A canopy hung over the altar. trees line both sides of the garden path, with their foliage forming a leafy canopy for walkers

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Unlike other places in the world where coffee is either cultivated as monoculture (growing a single crop in an area) or under the canopy of one single tree species, here it is grown under a great diversity of native shade trees. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 The ticking clock was thought to mimic the pressure a flier feels in combat, under the canopy when the MiGs close in. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 After entering the water on a floating craft of their choice, spring-goers can lazily float down the run at 1 mph under a canopy of trees and Spanish moss while gazing through crystal-clear water at bluegill, gar and minnows swimming below. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019 Some of them were their friends, under the canopy set up for their fundraiser. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "How two dads arrived to the scene of the El Paso shooting and tried to save their friends," 5 Aug. 2019 Taking cues from Brooke’s request for a canopy bed and fascination with woodland creatures, Ouellette and Santosuosso created an enchanted forest theme, with a fantastical floral mural as the focal point. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Stuck in college mode with your decor? A Roslindale couple gets a grown-up look.," 25 July 2019 King-size canopy bed with premium finish, $5,330 Solo Stove’s stainless-steel Yukon fire pit promises bigger flames and less smoke. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows. Fox News, "Diamond & Silk sound off on Chicago violence," 12 Aug. 2018 The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Napa’s Red Hen dealing with backlash of POTUS tweet that targeted Virginia restaurant," 28 June 2018

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Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News Lush cyprus and black willow trees canopy over these swamps. Vaughn Hillyard /, NBC News, "Louisiana fisherman wait for help from Trump administration," 23 June 2018 The lobby is chock full of artful communal spots, including a lounge canopied by a 500-pound, reclaimed wood hand sculpture; a gallery with rotating works; and a Southwestern joint with a 30-foot mural by Denverite Emanuel Martinez. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 Inspired by Beckham's very own gardens, the terrace will include groupings of troughs and cubes, and a dramatic archway, canopying the entrance into the restaurant with scented garden roses and white wisteria. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Guide to Summer Gardening," 21 May 2018 Luckily, the Stanley McCormick Memorial Court, affectionately known as the the Art Institute’s South Garden, is an oasis of raised concrete beds, canopying trees and a reflecting pool with water splashing down from its interior fountains. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "6 great outdoor spots to read this summer in Chicago," 21 May 2018 Dangling anime plushies, string lights and vintage flip phones canopy the ceiling. Misty White Sidell | Wwd, latimes.com, "Uncovering Japan’s capital of hidden, indie boutiques," 24 Aug. 2017 The city’s mile-long beach is carpeted by bright towels and canopied by a pageant of umbrellas. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "Asbury Park: Where Art, Grit and Local Spirits Mix," 4 Aug. 2017 Carpeted by wheat fields and canopied by hardwood forests, the 23-square-mile island is easy to navigate, though first-time visitors might appreciate climbing Lookout Tower to get their bearings. Kurt Chandler, chicagotribune.com, "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of canopy

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canopy

Noun and Verb

Middle English canope, from Medieval Latin canopeum mosquito net, from Latin conopeum, from Greek kōnōpion, from kōnōps mosquito

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canopy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of canopy

: 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

noun
can·​o·​py | \ ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio) \
plural canopies

Kids Definition of canopy

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

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