A canopy (building) is an architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration, and is supported by the building to which it is attached and a ground mounting, by not less than two stanchions (upright support posts). A canopy comprises a structure over which a fabric or metal covering is attached. Canopies can also stand alone, such as a fabric covered gazebo or cabana.
Fabric canopies can meet various design needs. Many modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.
The word came from Ancient Greek κωνώπειον = "cover to keep insects off", from κώνωψ = "cone-face", which is a bahuvrihi compound meaning "mosquito". The first 'o' changing into 'a' may be due to influence from the place name Canopus, Egypt thought of as a place of luxuries.