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The word Awning has its linguistic and historical roots in the late 16th century and it was formed either from the French word aumenter or from the Latin word augere, both of which mean to increase. The morphology of the word “Awning” has been observed to be that of an adjective or a noun, depending on the context of its usage. Pragmatically, its meaning evolves from the basic principle of an extended garden structure to that of an architectural accessory for buildings. Generally, Awnings are used to provide shade from the sun and to protect from the elements, such as rain and wind. Etymologically, the word has its origin in either French or Latin words and is related to extension and expanding. From a morphological perspective, the word is either an adjective or a noun.

Etymology, Morphology, Awning, Expansion, Architecture, Pragmatics, Latin, French, Linguistics, Historical.

Henry Fontaine


As an experienced morphologist and etymologist, it is my pleasure to classify the word ‘awning’ as a noun. By definition, an 'awning' is a shade or shelter made of canvas or other material, fastened to a building, vehicle, or structure and supported by a metal frame. Synonymously, ‘awning’ is akin to the words canopy, tarp and overhang. Conversely, antonymous words representing the concept of ‘awning’ are shelter-less, uncovered, and exposed. Cognates of the word ‘awning’ include 'auvent' in French, and ‘Markise’ in German. Variants of the word ‘awning’ include the noun ‘awn’ (an additional weblike appendage on the back of certain feathers of a bird) and the verb ‘awn’ (to grow awns or be provided with awns).

Etymology, Morphology, Word-Formation, Historical-Linguistics, Lexicography, Semantics.

George Adrian Postea


Awnings are exterior window shades or covers often used to provide shade and protection from rain, heat and glare. They typically extend from the side of a building to the outer edge of an adjacent window and are made from a range of materials such as metal, fabric and canvas. Awnings are an ideal way to enhance the look of any building, as well as providing additional outdoor living space. They have been around for centuries and have been used to protect and add beauty to homes, businesses, and other buildings. Awnings can be used to provide a visually appealing and stylish addition to a building while still providing the necessary protection from the elements.

Sun Protection, Outdoor Space, Window Coverings, Design Solutions.

Ji-Soo Park


An awning is an outdoor architectural structure, typically made of durable fabric, that is designed to provide shade and protection from the elements. Usually, awnings are secured to the exterior of a building, suspended from a frame that is attached to the side of the building or wall. Awnings can be both stationary, with a built-in frame, or retractable, which can be rolled up or stored away when not in use. Awnings come in a variety of colors and fabric types to suit all types of applications, from residential homes to commercial buildings, and can be used to enhance the aesthetic of a building, as well as provide comfort and protection.

Awning, shade, shelter, architecture, design.

Lauren Moore

CITATION : "Lauren Moore. 'Awning.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on March 27, 2023)"

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