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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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  • Since full grown trees are not always located in a convenient position, some sort of awning or canopy can be erected.
  • awning makers generally give on-site estimates at no charge, bringing fabric samples.
  • And one wall of the rehearsal room lifts open to create an indoor-outdoor space, with the wall serving as its awning.
  • He joins a group of volunteers-fishermen, shopkeepers, and taxi drivers-gathered around tables under the restaurant awning.
  • He had traded his upper lip for a little awning of a mustache.
  • The top floor opens to a balcony shaded by a red-and-yellow awning suspended on metal brackets.
  • There's a hole in the roof and a bushel of ginger drying under an awning.
  • Place an awning three feet above the head of the candidate.
  • The window openings have a interior gutter to direct rain to the awning.
  • At the foot of the hill the car left the rails and ran into an awning.
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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