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  1. 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.
  2. a shelter.
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Origin of awning

First recorded in 1615–25; origin uncertain
Related formsawn·inged, adjective
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  • An awning from the house door to the curbstone, and a policeman!


    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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for awning


  1. 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
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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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