awning

[aw-ning]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. awless,
  2. awlwort,
  3. awmous,
  4. awn,
  5. awner,
  6. awning deck,
  7. awning window,
  8. awnless bromegrass,
  9. awoke,
  10. awoken

Origin of awning

First recorded in 1615–25; origin uncertain

Related formsawn·inged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for awning

awning

noun

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 for awning

C17: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for awning

awning

n.

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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