- a rooflike shelter of canvas or other material extending over a doorway, from the top of a window, over a deck, etc., in order to provide protection, as from the sun.
- a shelter.
Origin of awning
Examples from the Web for awning
During the protests last year, some students climbed on top of the awning and wrote graffiti all over it.This Cairo College Campus Is Now a 'Warzone'
February 18, 2014
An awning from the house door to the curbstone, and a policeman!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He said this was no way to treat volunteers, and proposed that we should "unship the awning."Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He turned his back deliberately and walked to his own awning.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
And, indeed, patches of darkness had for a moment been passing above the awning of the roof.His Masterpiece
Outside on the poop-deck he found Asad alone now with Marzak under the awning.The Sea-Hawk
- a roof of canvas or other material supported by a frame to provide protection from the weather, esp one placed over a doorway or part of a deck of a ship
Word Origin and History for awning
1624, origin uncertain (first recorded use is by Capt. John Smith), perhaps from Middle French auvans, plural of auvent "a sloping roof," "itself of doubtful etym[ology]" (OED). A nautical term only until sense of "cover for windows or porch" emerged 1852.