- a covering, usually of fabric, supported on poles or suspended above a bed, throne, exalted personage, or sacred object.
- an overhanging projection or covering, as a long canvas awning stretching from the doorway of a building to a curb.
- an ornamental, rooflike projection or covering.
- Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.
- the sky.
- the part of a parachute that opens up and fills with air, usually made of nylon or silk.
- the transparent cover over the cockpit of an airplane.
- to cover with or as with a canopy: Branches canopied the road.
Origin of canopy
Examples from the Web for canopy
But the leaves and branches – the canopy it effectively creates -- is made up of solar panels.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
Smoke rises above the canopy as gentle chanting rumbles across the jungle floor.What Made Mexico’s Most Mysterious Beach?
October 14, 2014
After a while, it will seem natural to erect a canopy to shield the worshipers from the elements.Think Twice About Jews On The Temple Mount
Edward S. Goldstein
June 27, 2013
The two SUWU shorties opened fire on what they mistook for rival shorties in a park, huddled under a canopy during a rainstorm.Never Mind El Chapo: Chicago’s Real Public Enemy No. 1 Is the Shorties
February 17, 2013
At night, our couch will be on a platform surmounted by a canopy like a throne.The Dream
The pole and the canopy of the hammock tangled inextricably its occupant.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The hangings were of crimson velvet, and the canopy of the richest purple.Imogen
The canopy is held up by prelates, and the chairmen are in knee-breeches and red velvet.The Eternal City
The sun was shooting over the cliffs a canopy as of smoke above their heads.The Manxman
- an ornamental awning above a throne or bed or held over a person of importance on ceremonial occasions
- a rooflike covering over an altar, niche, etc
- a roofed structure serving as a sheltered passageway or area
- a large or wide covering, esp one high abovethe sky was a grey canopy
- the nylon or silk hemisphere that forms the supporting surface of a parachute
- the transparent cover of an aircraft cockpit
- the highest level of branches and foliage in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees
- (tr) to cover with or as if with a canopy
Word Origin and History for canopy
late 14c., from Old French conope "bed-curtain" (Modern French canapé), from Medieval Latin canopeum, dissimilated from Latin conopeum, from Greek konopeion "Egyptian couch with mosquito curtains," from konops "mosquito, gnat," of unknown origin. The same word (canape) in French, Spanish, and Portuguese now means "sofa, couch." Italian canape is a French loan word.
c.1600, from canopy (n.). Related: Canopied; canopying.