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[aw-ning] /ˈɔ nɪŋ/
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
First recorded in 1615-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
awninged, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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 Emile Zola
  • Outside on the poop-deck he found Asad alone now with Marzak under the awning.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He flashed a glance in the direction of the divan under the awning where the Basha slept.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Out there under the awning a group of gentlemen stood in earnest talk.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Code found Elsa ensconced with a book under the awning amidships.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • The green tent, its fly extended like an awning, awaited her entrance.


    Stephen French Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for awning


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
C17: of uncertain origin
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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.

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