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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rooflike structure, often made of canvas or plastic, that serves as a shelter, as over a storefront, window, door, or deck.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A movable roof-like covering of canvas or other cloth spread over any place, or in front of a window, door, etc., as a protection from the sun's rays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rooflike cover, usually of canvas, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain, or wind.
  • noun (Naut.) That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulkhead of the cabin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rooflike cover, usually of canvas, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain, or wind.
  • noun nautical That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulkhead of the cabin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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1615-25 (nautical sense only); from *awn +‎ -ing, reduction of Middle French auvans ‘sloping roof’, from Old French anvant (1180), from Gaulish *an(de)banno (“eaves”) (compare Provençal ambans ‘parapet’), compound of ande ‘intensive prefix’ (compare Welsh an-, Old Irish ind-) and banno ‘horn’ (compare Welsh ban, Irish beann).

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