parasol

noun par·a·sol \ ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl , -ˌsäl , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of parasol

: a lightweight umbrella used as a sunshade

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Origin and Etymology of parasol

French, from Old Italian parasole, from parare to shield + sole sun, from Latin sol — more at parapet, solar


PARASOL Defined for English Language Learners

parasol

noun

Definition of parasol for English Language Learners

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


PARASOL Defined for Kids

parasol

noun par·a·sol \ ˈper-ə-ˌsȯl \

Definition of parasol for Students

: a light umbrella used as a protection against the sun


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