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canopy

A canopy is a roof-like covering for a bed, made of fabric. A lot of little girls dream of having a four-poster bed with a ruffled canopy.

Any fabric cover that acts as a roof can be called a canopy, and so can something resembling such a covering, like a canopy of leaves created by trees. The Greek word that's at the root of canopy is konopeion, which means "Egyptian couch with mosquito curtains." The Old French conope, which evolved into today's canopy, originally meant "bed-curtain."

Definitions of canopy
  1. noun
    a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
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    awning, sunblind, sunshade
    a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun
    baldachin
    ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)
    marquee, marquise
    permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc.
    porte-cochere
    canopy extending out from a building entrance to shelter those getting in and out of vehicles
    tester
    a flat canopy (especially one over a four-poster bed)
    umbrella
    a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
    brolly, gamp
    colloquial terms for an umbrella
    type of:
    shelter
    protective covering that provides protection from the weather
  2. noun
    the uppermost layer of branches and foliage in a forest
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    cover, covering, natural covering
    a natural object that covers or envelops
  3. noun
    the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  4. noun
    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
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    covering
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  5. verb
    cover with a canopy
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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