The definition of a canopy is a roof like covering or anything that seems to cover.noun
- An example of canopy is a thick forest that the sun doesn't shine through onto the ground below.
- An example of canopy is the fabric cover being held by a post at each corner above a bed.
noun pl. canopies
- a drapery, awning, or other rooflike covering fastened above a bed, throne, etc., or held on poles over a person or sacred thing
- a structure of canvas on a framework sheltering an area or forming a sheltered walk to the entrance of a building
- anything that covers or seems to cover like a canopy, as the sky
- the transparent hood over an airplane cockpit
- the part of a parachute that opens up and catches the air
- a rooflike projection over a door, pulpit, etc.
- the uppermost leafy level of a forest
Origin: ME canape < ML canapeum < L conopeum < Gr kōnōpeion, couch with mosquito curtains, dim. of kōnōps, gnat
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noun pl. can·o·pies
- A covering, usually of cloth, suspended over a throne or bed or held aloft on poles above an eminent person or a sacred object.
- Architecture An ornamental rooflike projection over a niche, altar, or tomb.
- A protective rooflike covering, often of canvas, mounted on a frame over a walkway or door.
- A high overarching covering, such as the sky: “I just look up at the stars and let the vastness of that black and twinkling canopy fill my soul” (Margaret Mason).
- The uppermost layer in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees. Also called crown canopy.
- The transparent enclosure over the cockpit of an aircraft.
- The part of a parachute that opens up to catch the air.
Origin: Middle English canape, from Medieval Latin canāpēum, mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpēum, from Greek kōnōpeion, bed with mosquito netting, from kōnōps, kōnōp-, mosquito.