par·​a·​sol | \ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl, -ˌsäl, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of parasol 

: a lightweight umbrella used as a sunshade

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Camilla sported an appropriately floral dress and a silver necklace, and carried a white parasol to protect herself from the sun. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camilla Parker Bowles Revealed an Injury on Her Hand at a Royal Event," 25 July 2018 The one at Le Bristol is a beauty, framed by colonnades and speckled with white parasols and garden tables. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Most Romantic Hotel in Paris," 6 Feb. 2018 Inside the gallery and greenhouses, there are 10 handmade parasols from Myanmar, and bamboo rails holding up plants, with silk and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling with vintage kimonos on display. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Botanic garden exhibit shows off orchids with Asian flair," 16 Mar. 2018 At the base of a beech tree, a tiny, lone mushroom resembled a ribbed parasol. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018 Others wielded parasols as shields against the blistering sun. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018 The Central Florida Steampunk Association is hosting events throughout MegaCon weekend ranging from panel discussions to teapot racing and parasol dueling. Patrick Connolly,, "Steampunk enthusiasts gather for teapot racing, parasol dueling at MegaCon 2018," 25 May 2018 There were circus props galore, too, but in-between the funny hats, extra-long neckties, extra-large sunglasses and colorful parasols, were some very luxe looks. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeremy Scott Plays Ringmaster at Circus-Themed Moschino Runway Show in L.A.," 11 June 2018 Like covering yourself with fabric at all times, or carrying a parasol, or never leaving your house ever again, and never speaking publicly on matters of politics. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "This Magical New Pill Reduces Long-Term Sun Damage," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of parasol

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parasol

borrowed from French, "screen or canopy shielding from the sun," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Italian parasole, from para "(it) shields, keeps out" (3rd singular present of parare "to prepare, adorn, avert, shield") + sole "sun," going back to Latin sōl — more at parry, solar

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English Language Learners Definition of parasol

: a light umbrella that you use to protect yourself from the sun


par·​a·​sol | \ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl \

Kids Definition of parasol

: a light umbrella used as a protection against the sun

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