A rooflike address frequently of canvas extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun rain or wind
- a canopy made from canvas to shelter people or things from rainfall or sun
- A rooflike address, frequently of canvas, extended over or before any where as a protection from sunshine, rainfall, or wind.
- That the main poop deck which is proceeded ahead beyond the bulkhead for the cabin.
1624, source unsure (initially taped usage is by Capt. John Smith), maybe from Middle French auvans, plural of auvent "a sloping roof," "itself of doubtful etym[ology]" (OED). A nautical term only until feeling of "cover for windows or porch" emerged 1852.
(letter.) A rooflike cover, generally of fabric, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain, or wind.
- (letter.) That area of the poop deck that will be proceeded ahead beyond the bulkhead of this cabin.
Instead of the present boat, with its heavy black cabin and absence of colouring, the older forms had an awning of rich stuffs or gold embroideries, supported on a light arched framework open at both ends; this is the gondola still seen in Carpaccio's and Gentile Bellini's pictures (c. 150o).