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 Nearby, Stephen Vara, dressed in a blonde wig and Betty Grable eyelashes, mimes shooting the egret with his parasol. Christina Tkacik,, "For these Baltimore artists, isolation has given way to creativity," 20 Sep. 2020 Weatherproof casing is suitable for parasol, wall or ceiling mounting. cleveland, "These patio heaters can extend your time outdoors as temperatures drop and entertainment options remain limited," 16 Sep. 2020 In the Shade In 1989, James Early, a California engineer, proposed going to the Moon to assemble a glass parasol more than 1,200 miles across that would be launched into space to deflect solar radiation. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, "Six Crazy Attempts to Geoengineer the Weather," 10 Apr. 2020 But the recent shortages and delays are surprising for a company that’s usually reliable at quickly shipping us everything under the sun — including a parasol to block the sun. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "Reliable Amazon Isn’t Anymore," 22 Apr. 2020 The bride's headpiece was custom-made by a friend to match the intricate beadwork on the bodice of her gown, and was a subtle nod to Melissa and Luke's first wedding at Burning Man; the whole look was, naturally, accented by a custom parasol. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Got Married at Burning Man—Before They Threw An Epic Affair at a Manor in the English Countryside," 2 Oct. 2019 As the salad course was served, a waiter carrying a parasol emerged; rosemary brittle bread hung on pink ribbons from its perimeter. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "LoveShackFancy Fêtes Its New Bleecker Street Store With the Dreamiest Dinner," 16 May 2019 There were beach parasols in bright red-and-white stripes. New York Times, "‘A Children’s Bible,’ by Lydia Millet: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020 This Mother’s Day weekend, while moms in the West keep parasols handy and bask in summery conditions, moms in parkas will struggle to stay warm in the East. Los Angeles Times, "Moms in California may need parasols while moms in the East need parkas this weekend," 8 May 2020

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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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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parasol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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