par·​a·​sol | \ ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl How to pronounce parasol (audio) , -ˌsäl, ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parasol

: a lightweight umbrella used as a sunshade

Examples of parasol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arctic sea ice acts as a massive parasol for the planet, its white surface reflecting the sun’s rays back into space and keeping the air and ocean cool across the top of the globe. Wired, "Can Tiny Glass Beads Keep Arctic Ice From Melting? Maaaybe," 18 Oct. 2019 Come fall, the brand will introduce the Bloom + Parasol, a device that can attach to your existing umbrella, turning it into a smart parasol equipped with charging station, speakers and wind sensors at a lower price point ($899, Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Expert tips to keep the summer swelter from trapping you inside," 7 Aug. 2019 Guests climbed the stairs, which were flanked with staff holding colorful parasols, to the red gates of Chinatown 90210. Vogue, "The Chiu Family Brings Chinatown to the 90210," 22 Feb. 2019 Bring a picnic, a blanket and your best rom-com loving friends; bonnets and parasols are optional. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 Aficionados bring parasols, folding chairs and picnics. The Economist, "A French cyclist may win the Tour de France," 25 July 2019 But this year’s heat extremes led him to joke with a friend on Twitter about purchasing a parasol specifically for the festival. Christine Condon,, "Does Artscape actually always fall on the hottest weekend in Baltimore? This year, it’s true.," 18 July 2019 Thousands of spectators visited the street to get a closer look at the whimsical rainbow of parasols. Johnny Diaz,, "The sun helps tell a colorful story in this new Coral Gables art exhibit," 24 June 2019 There were plenty of pastels, parasols, and dancers. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift's 2019 Billboard Music Awards Performance Is Being Compared to Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella," 2 May 2019

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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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The first known use of parasol was in 1660

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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Parasol.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce parasol (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parasol

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


par·​a·​sol | \ ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl How to pronounce parasol (audio) \

Kids Definition of parasol

: a light umbrella used as a protection against the sun

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