- The definition of a canopy is a roof like covering or anything that seems to cover.
- 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.
Windows with red canopys.
- 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 of canopyMiddle English canape ; from Medieval Latin canapeum ; from Classical Latin conopeum ; from Classical Greek kōnōpeion, couch with mosquito curtains, diminutive of kōnōps, gnat
- 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.
- The transparent enclosure over the cockpit of an aircraft.
- The part of a parachute that opens up to catch the air.
transitive verbcan·o·pied, can·o·py·ing, can·o·pies
Origin of canopyMiddle English canape, from Medieval Latin canāpēum, mosquito net, from Latin cōnōpēum, from Greek kōnōpeion, bed with mosquito netting, from kōnōps, kōnōp-, mosquito.
top: on a canopy bed
bottom: on a Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jet
- A high cover providing shelter, such as a cloth supported above an object, particularly over a bed.
- Any overhanging or projecting roof structure, typically over entrances or doors.
- The zone of the highest foliage and branches of a forest.
- In an airplane, the transparent cockpit cover.
- In a parachute, the cloth that fills with air and thus limits the falling speed.
(third-person singular simple present canopies, present participle canopying, simple past and past participle canopied)
From Middle English canope, from Latin cōnōpēum (“curtain”) (ultimately from Ancient Greek κωνωπεῖον (kōnōpeion) (konopeion)), through Medieval Latin canopeum, or possibly Old French conope, conopé (cf. modern French canapé).