canopy

noun
can·o·py | \ ˈka-nə-pē \
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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the East Garden, guests enter under a canopy of lemon tree branches. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Here's what 57,000 flowers create at Vegas' Bellagio Conservatory, where love is in the air," 12 July 2018 The outdoor patio seats 150 and features a large bar and stool seating, all sheltered under a canopy. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 The venue would allow 4,000 people to sit under a canopy, according to the waterfront corporation’s Joseph Forkin. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 About 75% of the beer garden will be under the canopy. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Work begins on the beer garden connecting Old World 3rd Street with the new Milwaukee Bucks arena," 22 June 2018 Following Kahlo’s accident, her mother installed a mirror under the canopy of her bed, allowing Kahlo to paint her first self-portraits: The Kahlos’ was, indeed, a house full of mirrors. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Behind the Personal Branding of Frida Kahlo," 18 June 2018 In the abbey, the most sacred part of the ceremony was hidden from the cameras: Elizabeth was anointed with holy oil under a canopy. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Elizabeth Didn’t Expect to Be Queen. Here’s How It Happened," 1 June 2018 The picturesque grounds, under canopies of oak trees, are adorned with gardens, walkways, patios, entertaining/gathering areas and a swimming pool. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Prime Property: Historic Broadacres home designed by architect Birdsall Briscoe," 13 May 2018 When the motor home stopped with its front end under a thick canopy of trees, officers pulled back for safety, Rodriguez said. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "27-year-old man drowns near Amity, authorities say," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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

Verb

see canopy entry 1

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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 \
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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