canopy

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noun

can·​o·​py ˈka-nə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio)
plural canopies
1
a
: 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
3
a
: the transparent enclosure over an airplane cockpit
b
: the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air

canopy

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verb

canopied; canopying

transitive verb

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

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
Two beds and baths are featured within the house, which sits upon stilts that position it at tree canopy level and was in fact designed to wrap around and preserve a majestic 200-year-old pecan tree. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 July 2024 Since the hikes are mainly forested, you’ll be kept cool and shady under the tree canopy, surrounded by towering trees and lush tropical foliage in all hues of green. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 12 July 2024
Verb
Its waters are lined with snarled mangrove roots and canopied with dense foliage. Charles Elliott, Outdoor Life, 27 June 2024 Shady porches and hammocks in the garden, chaises near the river’s sandy beach and a long dock with chairs canopied with shade. Jane Wooldridge, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for canopy 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canopy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Canopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canopy. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

canopy

1 of 2 noun
can·​o·​py ˈkan-ə-pē How to pronounce canopy (audio)
plural canopies
1
a
: a covering over a bed, throne, or shrine or carried on poles (as over a person of high rank)
b
: awning
2
: a shade or shelter that hangs over something
especially : the uppermost spreading layer of a forest
3
: the fabric part of a parachute that catches the air

canopy

2 of 2 verb
canopied; canopying
: to cover with or as if with a canopy

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