Definition of canopy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkanəpē/

noun (plural canopies)

1An ornamental cloth covering hung or held up over something, especially a throne or bed: a romantic four-poster bed complete with drapes and a canopy figurative a full moon and a canopy of stars
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  • But even he has withdrawn to the shade of a canopy draped above a couple of threadbare sofas and that glorious moment now seems an age away.
  • Stall owners hawked their wares under canopies of brightly colored cloth.
  • She was lying on a canvas army cot, under a cloth canopy.
1.1 Architecture A rooflike projection or shelter: they mounted the station steps under the concrete canopy
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  • On each side, the bridges are sheltered by flat roofed canopies that extend the length of the station like side aisles.
  • Fitted from the rim of the concrete canopy is a delicate frame of horizontal rings held in situ by a diagonal net of stainless-steel cables.
  • The roof canopy is made up of stainless steel composite panels bonded to a bituminous rolled sheet over plywood.
1.2The transparent plastic or glass cover of an aircraft’s cockpit.
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  • In the fall of 1944, the commander of the Third Bomb Group flew the first aircraft with the bulged canopy and was delighted with the results.
  • The ejection seat will not fire until the canopy has departed the aircraft.
  • The canopy of the aircraft was greatly enlarged with both seats being mounted higher than normal for greater visibility.
1.3The expanding, umbrellalike part of a parachute, made of silk or nylon.
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  • Developed from parachuting canopies, modern paragliders have replaced hang-gliding as the most popular aerial activity because of a relatively-simple control mechanism.
  • Air filled out the parachute canopy above him and then, swinging on the gentle south-west wind, he landed near St Pancras Church less than two miles away.
  • Now, through his company Sky High Images, he plans to promote skydiving as an advertising medium, with the logos of client companies emblazoned on parachute canopies.
1.4 [in singular] The uppermost trees or branches of the trees in a forest, forming a more or less continuous layer of foliage: monkeys spend hours every day sitting high in the canopy
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  • The American chestnut did not really disappear from the eastern forests-it ceased to be a part of the forest canopy and is now a part of the shrub understory.
  • Most of them are epiphytes, growing with their roots not in soil but instead harmlessly clasping tree branches high in the forest canopy.
  • Farms where the forest canopy is preserved support nearly as many species of migratory birds as mature undisturbed forests.

verb (canopies, canopying, canopied)

[with object] (usually as adjective canopied)
Cover or provide with a canopy: a canopied bed the river was canopied by overhanging trees
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  • The bed itself was canopied, the cover supported by four thick wooden posts.
  • Four-poster and canopied beds should be avoided, or at least their heavy drapes should be replaced with lightweight muslin or cotton ones which can be washed at high temperatures to kill the mites.
  • After what seemed like hours, a small sigh came from the bed next to Rasha's, and a small blue hand pulled back the sheet that canopied its bed.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin canopeum 'ceremonial canopy', alteration of Latin conopeum 'mosquito net over a bed', from Greek kōnōpeion 'couch with mosquito curtains', from kōnōps 'mosquito'.

  • Conopeum, the Latin word from which canopy derives, referred to a mosquito net over a bed. The ultimate source is the Greek word kōnōps ‘mosquito’.

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Syllabification: can·o·py

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