awning (n.) 1624, origin uncertain (first recorded use is by Capt. John Smith), perhaps from M.Fr. auvans pl. 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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  • awning — [n] canopy covering, door cover, marquee, protection, shade, shelter, sunshade, tent; concepts 440,473 …   New thesaurus

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  • awning — [ôn′iŋ] n. [< ? MFr auvans, (pl. of auvent, a sloping roof < OProv amban, parapet of a fortification) + ING] a structure of canvas, metal, etc. extended before a window or door or over a patio, deck, etc. as a protection from the sun or… …   English World dictionary

  • Awning — An awning is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas woven of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn, or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure… …   Wikipedia

  • awning — UK [ˈɔːnɪŋ] / US [ˈɔnɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms awning : singular awning plural awnings 1) a sheet of cloth hung above a window or door as protection against rain or sun, especially outside a shop 2) a type of tent that attaches onto the… …   English dictionary

  • awning — /ˈɔnɪŋ / (say awning) noun 1. a roof like shelter of canvas, etc., before a window or door, over a deck, etc., as for protection from the sun. 2. → shop awning. 3. a shelter. {probably from French auvent penthouse (def. 4) …   Australian English dictionary

  • awning — [[t]ɔ͟ːnɪŋ[/t]] awnings N COUNT An awning is a piece of material attached to a caravan or building which provides shelter from the rain or sun. Syn: canopy …   English dictionary

  • awning — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1582 a rooflike cover extending over or in front of a place (as over the deck or in front of a door or window) as a shelter • awninged adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • awning — awninged, adj. /aw ning/, n. 1. 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. 2. a shelter. [1615 25; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

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