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

Definition of parasol

: a lightweight umbrella used as a sunshade

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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 Most prevalent is the antique floor lamp, lush and brassy with its parasol-like palm fronds. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018 The home itself has landmark status, but a prime attraction is the elaborate garden, which includes a parasol-like dragon tree. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "When Home Is a Portuguese Bachelor Pad Fit for a King," 25 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce parasol (audio) \

Kids Definition of parasol

: a light umbrella used as a protection against the sun

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