Canopy Can"o*py (k[a^]n"[-o]*p[y^]), n.; pl. {Canopies} (-p[i^]z). [OE. canapie, F. canap['e] sofa, OF. conop['e]e, conopeu, conopieu, canopy, vail, pavilion (cf. It. canop[`e] canopy, sofa), LL. conopeum a bed with mosquito curtains, fr. Gr. kwnwpei^on, fr. kw`nwps gnat, kw`nos cone + 'w`ps face. See {Cone}, and {Optic}.] 1. A covering fixed over a bed, dais, or the like, or carried on poles over an exalted personage or a sacred object, etc. chiefly as a mark of honor. ``Golden canopies and beds of state.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) (a) An ornamental projection, over a door, window, niche, etc. (b) Also, a rooflike covering, supported on pillars over an altar, a statue, a fountain, etc. [1913 Webster]

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