- a lightweight umbrella used, especially by women, as a sunshade.
Origin of parasol
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Examples from the Web for parasol
The parasol is very heavy, 1468 grams [3 pounds], and difficult to hold upright so the Queen probably never used it.From the Anti-Rape Bra to Chastity Belts: How Women Use Clothing for Protection
June 5, 2013
On the door-step she paused, with her parasol open, and considered.Quaint Courtships
She broke off with a little laugh, and looked at him beneath the shade of her parasol.
"Then you will not speak," she said, opening her parasol with a snap.
Jennie sat tracing a pattern on the dusty floor with the point of her parasol.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
The parasol being arranged to her liking, she glanced up at him.A Woman Intervenes
- an umbrella used for protection against the sun; sunshade
C17: via French from Italian parasole, from para- ² + sole sun, from Latin sōl
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Word Origin and History for parasol
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