noun, plural can·o·pies.

  1. a covering, usually of fabric, supported on poles or suspended above a bed, throne, exalted personage, or sacred object.
  2. an overhanging projection or covering, as a long canvas awning stretching from the doorway of a building to a curb.
  3. an ornamental, rooflike projection or covering.
  4. Also called crown canopy, crown cover. the cover formed by the leafy upper branches of the trees in a forest.
  5. the sky.
  6. the part of a parachute that opens up and fills with air, usually made of nylon or silk.
  7. the transparent cover over the cockpit of an airplane.

verb (used with object), can·o·pied, can·o·py·ing.

  1. to cover with or as with a canopy: Branches canopied the road.

noun plural -pies

  1. an ornamental awning above a throne or bed or held over a person of importance on ceremonial occasions
  2. a rooflike covering over an altar, niche, etc
  3. a roofed structure serving as a sheltered passageway or area
  4. a large or wide covering, esp one high abovethe sky was a grey canopy
  5. the nylon or silk hemisphere that forms the supporting surface of a parachute
  6. the transparent cover of an aircraft cockpit
  7. the highest level of branches and foliage in a forest, formed by the crowns of the trees

verb -pies, -pying or -pied

  1. (tr) to cover with or as if with a canopy

late 14c., from Old French conope “bed-curtain” (Modern French canapé), from Medieval Latin canopeum, dissimilated from Latin conopeum, from Greek konopeion “Egyptian couch with mosquito curtains,” from konops “mosquito, gnat,” of unknown origin. The same word (canape) in French, Spanish, and Portuguese now means “sofa, couch.” Italian canape is a French loan word.


c.1600, from canopy (n.). Related: Canopied; canopying.

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