General English


  • noun a layer of branches and leaves of trees which shade the ground underneath.


  • noun a transparent cover, typically on some fighters, light aircraft and gliders, designed to slide backwards and forwards or hinge upwards to allow pilots to enter or leave an aircraft
  • noun a covering to protect people in a life raft


  • An ornamental roof-like structure over a pulpit.


  • noun a covering suspended over an object
  • noun the fabric part of a parachute
  • noun a cover provided by the leaves and branches of trees in a wood, forest, jungle, etc.

Real Estate

  • noun a covering fixed above something to provide shelter or for decoration, especially a fabric covering that can be removed or folded away
  • noun a roofed structure that covers an area, especially one that shelters a passageway between two buildings


  • the spread of branches and leaves on a vine

Origin & History of “canopy”

Etymologically, a canopy is a ‘mosquito net’. The word comes ultimately from Greek kōnōpeion, a derivative of kṓnops ‘mosquito’. this passed via Latin cōnōpūum into medieval Latin as canopeum, which meant both ‘mosquito net’ and ‘couch with such a net’. English adopted it directly from Latin as canope or canape, meaning ‘covering suspended over a throne, bed, etc’. The French version of the word, however, concentrated on other aspects of canopeum’s meaning; French canapé means ‘couch, sofa’. Its metaphorical extension, ‘piece of bread or biscuit with a savoury topping’, was borrowed into English towards the end of the 19th century.