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”)), form of *ande- (intensive prefix) (compare Welsh an-, Old Irish ind-) + *bandā (“horn; peak”) (compare Welsh ban, Irish beann).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔːnɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔnɪŋ/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɑnɪŋ/
- Rhymes: -ɔːnɪŋ
awning (plural awnings)
- A rooflike cover, usually of canvas, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain, or wind.
- (nautical) That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulkhead of the cabin.