Definition of awning in English:



  • A sheet of canvas or other material stretched on a frame and used to keep the sun or rain off a shop window, doorway, or ship's deck.

    • ‘Sacks of dates and piles of vegetables lay under canvas awnings.’
    • ‘A very large crowd had massed under the awning despite the heavy rain.’
    • ‘She had to stop in doorways or under awnings to wait every couple blocks so I could catch up.’
    • ‘More than 2,000 signatures have been collected on a petition supporting large sail-like awnings that cover the front of restaurants at the Italian Forum.’
    • ‘Also inside the awning was a ground sheet, some shoes and a Tesco carrier bag.’
    • ‘We should be inducing pedestrians: traffic lights set up so that pedestrians don't have to wait so long, more covered footpaths and awnings, more street art.’
    • ‘For the past 30 years the 58-year-old has worked for a company in Devon that produces blinds and awnings.’
    • ‘All windows on the south, east and west sides are provided with orange canvas awnings like those on old-fashioned shops in English country towns.’
    • ‘You develop the stoop that shades your pocket note book from the rain whilst evidence gathering, preferably under an awning covering the pavement.’
    • ‘Now I saw the canvas awnings pulled down over the armourer's workshop, the storehouses shut up to keep the goods from damp, the great oak doors of the stable closed.’
    • ‘I didn't - I got big canvas awnings over a Florida room, and I didn't take those down as I've done in pretty past storms, and they're pretty beat up.’
    • ‘Shops spilled out into the thoroughfare, the traffic of furry figures bustling around stalls and awnings and shop windows.’
    • ‘The asylum-seekers could be seen massed on a clearing made among the cargo containers, partly sheltered by canvas awnings.’
    • ‘Jake led me to the side of the buildings where we were hidden from the casts and sheltered from the rain by an awning.’
    • ‘Quick as dawn, the dogwoods have raised improbable awnings, christened with rain.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because stripes evoke memories of canvas deck chairs and awnings at fêtes.’
    • ‘The most I am concerned with are those aluminum poles supporting the canvas awning.’
    • ‘The colourful awnings over the shop windows, again, gave protection against the sun.’
    • ‘Sam watched Laura run off and she stood under the awning waiting for the rain to let up.’
    • ‘The tallest of the beaters crashed his head against one of the struts for the canvas awning.’
    canopy, shade, sunshade, shelter, cover, covering
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Early 17th century (originally in nautical use): of unknown origin.