[ kan-uh-pee ]
See synonyms for: canopycanopiedcanopying on

noun,plural can·o·pies.
  1. a covering, usually of fabric, supported on poles or suspended above a bed, throne, exalted personage, or sacred object.

  2. an overhanging projection or covering, as a long canvas awning stretching from the doorway of a building to a curb.

  1. an ornamental, rooflike projection or covering.

  2. Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.

  3. the sky.

  4. the part of a parachute that opens up and fills with air, usually made of nylon or silk.

  5. the transparent cover over the cockpit of an airplane.

verb (used with object),can·o·pied, can·o·py·ing.
  1. to cover with or as with a canopy: Branches canopied the road.

Origin of canopy

1350–1400; Middle English canope<Medieval Latin canōpēum, variant of Latin cōnōpēum mosquito net <Greek kōnōpeîon bed with net to keep gnats off, equivalent to kṓnōp(s) gnat + -eion, neuter of -eios adj. suffix

Other words from canopy

  • su·per·can·o·py, noun, plural su·per·can·o·pies.
  • un·can·o·pied, adjective

Words that may be confused with canopy

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How to use canopy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for canopy


/ (ˈkænəpɪ) /

nounplural -pies
  1. an ornamental awning above a throne or bed or held over a person of importance on ceremonial occasions

  2. a rooflike covering over an altar, niche, etc

  1. a roofed structure serving as a sheltered passageway or area

  2. a large or wide covering, esp one high above: the sky was a grey canopy

  3. the nylon or silk hemisphere that forms the supporting surface of a parachute

  4. the transparent cover of an aircraft cockpit

  5. the highest level of branches and foliage in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees

verb-pies, -pying or -pied
  1. (tr) to cover with or as if with a canopy

Origin of canopy

C14: from Medieval Latin canōpeum mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpeum gauze net, from Greek kōnōpeion bed with protective net, from kōnōps mosquito

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