• To cover an area or object with canvas.
  • Alternate spelling of canvass.


  • From Middle English canevas, from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French canevas (compare Old French chanevas, chenevas) from a root derived from Latin cannabis, from Ancient Greek κάνναβις. Compare French canevas, resulting from a blend of the Old French and a Picard dialect word, itself from Old Northern French. cannabis, and hemp.

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