Definition of canopy in English:

canopy

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘We'll hang them from the ceiling above the Sovereign's throne to form a canopy.’
    • ‘What however makes The Rocks a star is its weekend market held under sail-like canopies on two streets.’
    • ‘She was lying on a canvas army cot, under a cloth canopy.’
    • ‘The orange canopy shaded some of the harsh glare from the sun, allowing her to pull her hood away from her face so she could inspect the fruit more carefully.’
    • ‘Rev Graham waited to go on in an air-conditioned tent, with aides nearby in case of a medical emergency, and the stage was shaded by a massive canopy.’
    • ‘Cyclos are like rickshaws: you recline comfortably in front, shaded by a canopy, while your driver pedals you along the streets on a three wheeler.’
    • ‘The Volvo 340, which had apparently been abandoned, meant he could not erect his stall and he had to make do with putting out a selection of his wares on the tables, with no canopy over them.’
    • ‘A wedding is a soul experience for the bride and groom, a new beginning through the spiritual union under the chuppah, the wedding canopy.’
    • ‘To keep the temperature inside from getting too high, a canopy shades the growth chambers.’
    • ‘Some savvy businesses owners add their company's name, logo, phone number and address to the exterior of their awnings and canopies.’
    • ‘But even he has withdrawn to the shade of a canopy draped above a couple of threadbare sofas and that glorious moment now seems an age away.’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.’
    • ‘Finally, after what seemed like eternity, the officer seated in the shade of the canopy, called out my name.’
    • ‘Down from the ceiling came canopies of cloth that covered the bed elegantly.’
    • ‘After days of chilly early spring weather, a brilliant sun warmed the square, where the Pope sat in an armchair shaded by a canopy.’
    • ‘A garland of wildflowers crowned her head, and the scents rising from her body as she sat upon her throne beneath the bridal canopy filled her with joy.’
    • ‘Her bed was covered with linen bed coverings and a linen canopy that kept insects from disturbing her sleep.’
    • ‘She parted the drapes of the canopy wider and sat upon the dusty bed.’
    • ‘The canopy was made of Barbados cloth, specially imported for her daughter who was obsessed with sea travel.’
    • ‘Thin, white lace fell from the top point of the canopy and draped around the bed.’
    awning, shade, sunshade, cover, covering
    baldachin, tester, half-tester
    chuppah
    velarium
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    1. 1.1Architecture A roof-like projection or shelter:
      ‘they mounted the station steps under the concrete canopy’
      • ‘The hall door is very fine, having outer casings and massive pillars supporting an ornamental canopy all of cut stone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On each side, the bridges are sheltered by flat roofed canopies that extend the length of the station like side aisles.’
      • ‘The roof canopy is made up of stainless steel composite panels bonded to a bituminous rolled sheet over plywood.’
      • ‘An overhead canopy of perforated metal panels helps to project sound and define a seating area for smaller lecture groups.’
      awning, shade, sunshade, cover, covering
      baldachin, tester, half-tester
      chuppah
      velarium
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2 The transparent plastic or glass cover of an aircraft's cockpit.
      • ‘The canopy of the aircraft was greatly enlarged with both seats being mounted higher than normal for greater visibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pieces of the failed acrylic transparency of the aft canopy were also sent to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio.’
      • ‘Aermacchi is responsible for the forward fuselage, the integration of the gun and avionics, the canopy, and the tailbone.’
    3. 1.3 The expanding, umbrella-like part of a parachute, made of silk or nylon.
      • ‘At around 4,000 ft the trio separated, and Mr Hilder dropped another few hundred feet before pulling the cord to open his canopy.’
      • ‘The team will then free-fall down to a height of around 3,000 ft before opening their canopies and forming a ‘loose stack’ formation one on top of one another, gliding down to earth.’
      • ‘On top of training costs, pilots must purchase their own canopy, harness, helmet and radio, which can be as much as 400,000.’
      • ‘I had double canopy out, had my main entangled in my reserve and landed backwards in a fetal position.’
      • ‘She's like a parachutist whose canopy has spread around her.’
      • ‘When one parachutist's canopy was caught on the church spire, he was forced to feign death.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[in singular] The uppermost branches of the trees in a forest, forming a more or less continuous layer of foliage:

    ‘woolly monkeys spend hours every day sitting high in the canopy’
    • ‘Farms where the forest canopy is preserved support nearly as many species of migratory birds as mature undisturbed forests.’
    • ‘In these areas, most of the forest softwood is now dead, creating openings in the once-dense evergreen canopy.’
    • ‘They are primarily nocturnal, live only in forests with a dense canopy, and often rest during the day high up in trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most common escape tactics was a flight upward at a steep angle to the protective cover of the denser, inner part of the mature pine canopy.’
    • ‘Trees that yield fruit for human consumption often form a second, intermediate canopy.’
    • ‘During our brief visit to this pathetic copse, our driver told us how the cedars of Lebanon used to stretch from Syria to Israel, a vast scented legendary canopy of a dozen million acres.’
    • ‘The Pacific-slope Flycatcher generally watches from a perch in the lower or middle canopy, and flies out to catch prey in the air.’
    • ‘Most of them are epiphytes, growing with their roots not in soil but instead harmlessly clasping tree branches high in the forest canopy.’
    • ‘These values are the result of a dense canopy casting heavy shade.’
    • ‘Even the loss of a few trees from the canopy hurts overwintering butterflies.’
    • ‘A low, relatively open canopy with very little Pinus clausa characterizes these areas.’
    • ‘Hidden in the shadowy cover of the canopy, he waited, silently stalking his unwary prey.’
    • ‘A fairly dense canopy prevented direct sunlight from reaching the pools.’
    • ‘The shrubbery prevented anyone being seen among the winding trails and the dense canopy kept the shade cool and moist.’
    • ‘These sites were chosen based on elevation, aspect, accessibility and presence of conifer canopy.’
    • ‘We are in one of the rarest of all jungle settings, a true triple-tiered canopy.’
    • ‘I looked up at the jungle canopy above me and saw a tattered cloth tangled in the treetops.’
    • ‘Interactions between predator and prey species can also be affected in substantial ways by the topography and the presence of canopy.’
    • ‘Gusting breezes stiffened and rustled the heavy leaf canopies offering a meager shade from the summer sun.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective canopied
  • Cover or provide with a canopy:

    ‘a canopied bed’
    ‘the river was canopied by overhanging trees’
    • ‘Here, on streets canopied with venerable trees, stand magnificent old houses, mostly built in the 1910s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The furnishings were sparse; a canopied bed, a bureau with a mirror, a chest at the foot of the bed.’
    • ‘He and I joined Lee, Mwai, and the teenaged John, entering a long trail canopied by trees so dense that that it felt like we'd jogged into a James Fenimore Cooper novel.’
    • ‘Cabins are compact but most of the day (between dives) is spent on the spacious top deck, which is canopied to protect passengers from the sometimes fierce sun.’
    • ‘The cloying smell hit me when we entered the thick brush, canopied by towering pines.’
    • ‘Green Valley Ranch is surrounded by dramatic mountains and canopied by a brilliant blue sky.’
    • ‘Her huge bed was canopied and she loved to pull the curtains around it.’
    • ‘During the eighteenth century Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, was a frequent guest here; now, her favourite room with its canopied bed is yours for the asking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ninety solar panels wrap the south side and canopy the bedroom terrace, blocking the sun and generating an energy credit.’
    • ‘With the tall trees canopying the driveway, there was an ever-present fresh scent of nature in the air.’
    • ‘Spread over 12 acres of lush green land canopied by large trees, the pheasantry is a spot where birds feel very much at home.’
    • ‘But the unique feature is the ‘star bed’, a canopied, king-sized bed mounted on wheels.’
    • ‘By 1300 individual patrons had built prominent, canopied tombs, with effigies and small weeper figures.’
    • ‘The hacienda's car park and entry opens into a courtyard canopied by an aged and well-tended California Five oak.’
    • ‘Beyond the entrance to the hotel was an arcade that ran the length of the street, canopied by the overhanging facades of a row of ancient buildings.’
    • ‘In each painting, their elaborately canopied bed is conspicuous - the third occupant of the room.’
    • ‘The bed itself was canopied, the cover supported by four thick wooden posts.’
    • ‘Its 27 bedrooms are spacious, airy and attractively furnished, with hand-painted canopied or four-poster beds buried under billowing duvets as thick as snow drifts.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

canopy

/ˈkanəpi/