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.

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for canopy

Synonyms: Noun

awning, ceiling, cover, roof, tent

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

True to their new designation, these oversize mums can measure 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet across by their third season,with a massive canopy of flowers — up to 5,000 per plant. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 To add to the chaos, DeVries' maps and checklists were blown all over the place with no canopy to block the wind. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Airman Forced to Belly-Land A-10 Warthog After Canopy Blows, Landing Gear Fails," 15 Aug. 2017 The Petersons then went back to their canopy and both blacked out for about two hours. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 Memorable stay: The Pelican Inn in Muir Beach, a whitewashed English Tudor with aged wood floors and antiques, has seven small rooms with canopy beds and is a charming stop a block from the beach. latimes.com, "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 The master bedroom’s canopy bed is from Guinevere, the bedding is by Matouk, and the vintage sofa, cocktail table, and rug were purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show. As Told To Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour A Sonoma Valley Lake House Rippling with Patterns and Color," 15 May 2018 Take in tunes, visit a gallery, run under a forest canopy or stroll through gardens. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking to enjoy some music out on the town? Check out Friday Night Live in downtown Waukesha this summer.," 25 June 2018 Gibbon populations can easily become isolated from each other because the apes spend their lives in the treetops and can't cross gaps in the canopy created by rivers or other barriers. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Vanished ape found in ancient Chinese tomb, giving clues to its disappearance," 21 June 2018 The tree will include 16 panel antennas in the canopy of the tree and two microwave dishes. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners approve cell trees, car wash, street upgrades," 12 June 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'canopy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about canopy

Statistics for canopy

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for canopy

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for canopy

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on canopy

What made you want to look up canopy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!