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

n 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
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.
canopy extending out from a building entrance to shelter those getting in and out of vehicles
a flat canopy (especially one over a four-poster bed)
a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
brolly, gamp
colloquial terms for an umbrella
Type of:
protective covering that provides protection from the weather

n the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit

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an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

v cover with a canopy

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provide with a covering or cause to be covered

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