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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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  • He waited on the carpeted curb beneath the awning until he saw her white evening cloak disappear in the door-way.

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • The cabin passengers were collected under the awning on the poop.

  • When not in use the curtains rolled up to the edge of the awning, which was set on a pipe-frame.

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Only an awning has been added to protect the terrace from the sun.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • But the men would sleep on the timbers in the middle of the boat and perhaps they would put up the awning sometimes.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • That night they put up the awning in the boat and slept under it.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • The girl followed us but stopped beneath the awning of the handsome entrance.

  • I sat with the passengers under the awning on the quarter-deck.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • We have reached blue water—crushed sapphire—and a little breeze is bellying the awning.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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