Definition of canopy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkænəpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəpi//
    (pl. canopies) Parts of a house, Parts of a plane
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  1. 1a cover that is fixed or hangs above a bed, seat, etc. as a shelter or decoration See related entries: Parts of a house
  2. 2a layer of something that spreads over an area like a roof, especially branches of trees in a forest The canopy of a rainforest is about 10 metres thick. a canopy of leaves a glorious canopy of stars We could see the sky through gaps in the forest canopy. The trees formed a leafy canopy above their heads. a thick canopy of branches
  3. 3(especially North American English) a roof that is supported on posts and is sometimes also attached at one side to a building a new steel entrance canopy for the building a fabric canopy to provide shade in the backyard
  4. 4a cover for the cockpit of an aircraft See related entries: Parts of a plane
  5. Word Originlate 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canopy