sun·​shade | \ ˈsən-ˌshād How to pronounce sunshade (audio) \

Definition of sunshade

: something used as a protection from the sun's rays: such as
a : parasol
b : awning

Examples of sunshade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rear passengers, for example, have a sunshade that can cover their windows. Christian De Looper, BGR, 28 Dec. 2021 Its light-collecting mirror is the size of several parking spots and its sunshade the size of a tennis court. Marcia Dunn,, 22 Dec. 2021 Premium options include a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated seats, a rear sunshade, and multiple cameras, including a top-down view of the bed to check on cargo or assist with trailer hook ups. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Some entomologists suspect the silken cocoon caps, which protect young paper wasps during metamorphosis, may regulate the amount of damaging ultraviolet radiation that reaches the larvae—like a sunshade for baby wasps. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Aug. 2021 Even the lighting is the same—the Colosseum had a retractable sunshade for spectators, Lucia tells us, while the sun blazed down on the fighters; in the Stadio Olimpico, the seating is covered, with floodlights on the pitch. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 July 2021 Nachlas said their largest donation went to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) to build a permanent sunshade structure that will protect the skin of the residents of the facility. Gary Curreri,, 14 Apr. 2021 Start prepping for the seasons changing with this wide sunshade. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2021 Like Uppababy’s other stroller models, the Minu also has shock-absorbing wheels and an extendable sunshade. Stirling Kelso, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sunshade

1842, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2022

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“Sunshade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sunshade

: something (such as a parasol or awning) that blocks sunlight


sun·​shade | \ ˈsən-ˌshād How to pronounce sunshade (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunshade

: something (as a parasol) used to protect from the sun's rays

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