awning

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Awnings (roof-like covers) over windows on a building.

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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)bannā (eaves) (compare Occitan ambans (parapet)), from of *ande- (intensive prefix) (compare Welsh an-, Old Irish ind-) + *bandā (horn; peak) (compare Welsh ban, Irish beann).

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awning (plural awnings)

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

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