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 Even better: the sight of Henderson walking through the sand carrying a little white parasol. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021 There’s even an electric parasol for alfresco dining. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 These sheets, each thinner than notebook paper, will function as a gigantic parasol, protecting the body of the telescope from the light and the heat of the sun, moon, and Earth. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 In the foreground, Yvonne poses on a balcony with an ornate railing, holding an open parasol over her right shoulder. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Deborah, regally outfitted in a flowing robe and parasol, responds coldly. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Most impressive of all, though, are the twin side-opening compartments in the rear that house a champagne cooler, a Christofle picnic set, cocktail tables, matching chairs and a full-sized parasol. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 June 2021 The crowning glory, however, is a parasol that slots into the rear of the Boat Tail to provide extra shade. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 27 May 2021 Eventually, Stripe and a colleague stumble across some artifacts from the show’s main era, like the parasol carried by gadgeteer Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), and the link to the main storyline is made clear. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2021

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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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6 Nov 2021

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“Parasol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce parasol (audio) \

Kids Definition of parasol

: a light umbrella used as a protection against the sun

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