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

Ample-size bungalows at Bom Bom Resort sport canopy beds and private terraces; breakfast and dinner is served on a wooden pier on the islet (From about $430 a night, including breakfast and dinner, bombomprincipe.com). Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 Clayton George walks under a canopy of mature loblolly pine. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Plant hostas with ferns, wildflowers, and shade perennials on the north side of a house or under the canopy of large trees. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 Matt Mizar, 31, and his wife, Karissa, were back at the event for a third year and sitting under a canopy with five American flags attached near the intersection of Ash Street and Harbor Drive. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "These people got to the Big Bay Boom really early," 4 July 2018 Under the canopy of trees, there was never a peaceful night of sleep. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "African migrants are braving a new route to Europe. But old perils remain.," 6 June 2018 Unfortunately, morning on the river starts before sunrise, when the boatmen fire up the outboards and the hornbills start squawking and the rustle of leaves hints at the primates feeding in the canopy. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile the top level acts as a main suite perched up in the canopy of the forest. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sleek black ‘Treehaus’ in the forests of Utah asks $1.1M," 6 Aug. 2018 The parachute canopy was pinned under one of the propeller blades, right next to the cockpit area. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II," 7 Nov. 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 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 \
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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