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[aw-ning] /ˈɔ nɪŋ/
a rooflike shelter of canvas or other material extending over a doorway, from the top of a window, over a deck, etc., in order to provide protection, as from the sun.
a shelter.
Origin of awning
1615-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
awninged, adjective Unabridged
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  • He waited on the carpeted curb beneath the awning until he saw her white evening cloak disappear in the door-way.

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • He turned his back deliberately and walked to his own awning.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • When not in use the curtains rolled up to the edge of the awning, which was set on a pipe-frame.

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • And, indeed, patches of darkness had for a moment been passing above the awning of the roof.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • But the men would sleep on the timbers in the middle of the boat and perhaps they would put up the awning sometimes.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • He flashed a glance in the direction of the divan under the awning where the Basha slept.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The girl followed us but stopped beneath the awning of the handsome entrance.

  • Out there under the awning a group of gentlemen stood in earnest talk.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • We have reached blue water—crushed sapphire—and a little breeze is bellying the awning.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for awning


a roof of canvas or other material supported by a frame to provide protection from the weather, esp one placed over a doorway or part of a deck of a ship
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for awning

1624, origin uncertain (first recorded use is by Capt. John Smith), perhaps from Middle French auvans, plural of auvent "a sloping roof," "itself of doubtful etym[ology]" (OED). A nautical term only until sense of "cover for windows or porch" emerged 1852.

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