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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the West today, wildfires aren’t just burning grasses on the floor of a ponderosa pine forest or wiping out high-elevation stands of lodgepole every 100 to 250 years—they’re burning forests from weeds to canopy and covering vast acreages. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Nestled on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park, this two bedroom villa offers unbelievable 360-degree views of the surrounding jungle canopy and gardens, as well as a terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Hotel Costa Verde's Airplane Suite in Costa Rica Is Suspended Above the Jungle With Insane Views," 3 June 2019 Without a canopy and proper camouflage, wild parrots have become an easy target. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria," 21 Nov. 2018 Americans in the sweltering South dispensed with the insulating canopies and draperies in the early 20th century, said Alexis Barr, instructor of design history at the New York School of Interior Design, to minimize germiness. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Modern Romance: State-of-the-Art Spindle Beds," 4 Oct. 2018 Parked along a healthy stretch of the Kalo Livadi beach, the beach club, which includes a restaurant, a bar and a football field’s worth of sand, is a serene sprawl of wood decks, lush canopies and overstuffed chaise longues. New York Times, "You Can’t Hurt Lindsay Lohan Now," 26 June 2018 The host had plenty of drinks out, towels, chairs, canopies, and candles to ward off the mosquitos. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "What to do when someone horns in on all the action at the orgy," 23 May 2018 There's a hammock, canopy, and wicker chairs for a dreamy romantic feel. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Incredible Treehouse and Zip-Lining Resort Takes Glamping to The Next Level," 29 Mar. 2019 The nature here is also unparalleled, regardless of the season: canopies of cherry blossoms in spring, verdant gardens and bamboo groves in summer, backdrops of kaleidoscopic trees in autumn, and silent dustings of snow in winter. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Kyoto," 23 Jan. 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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