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[par-uh-sawl, -sol] /ˈpær əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/
a lightweight umbrella used, especially by women, as a sunshade.
Origin of parasol
1610-20; < French, Middle French < Italian parasole. See para-2, Sol
Related forms
parasoled, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the door-step she paused, with her parasol open, and considered.

  • "Then you will not speak," she said, opening her parasol with a snap.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She broke off with a little laugh, and looked at him beneath the shade of her parasol.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Jennie sat tracing a pattern on the dusty floor with the point of her parasol.

  • Jennie shook out the lace fringes of her parasol; and smoothed them with some precision.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The parasol being arranged to her liking, she glanced up at him.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The parasol broke with a sharp snap, and the girl murmured 'Oh!'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • She lowered her parasol to the ground, and leaned a little forward upon it.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Then she went swiftly for her topee and gloves and parasol, and fled from the bungalow.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for parasol


an umbrella used for protection against the sun; sunshade
Word Origin
C17: via French from Italian parasole, from para-² + sole sun, from Latin sōl
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Word Origin and History for parasol

1610s, from Middle French parasol (1570s), from Italian parasole, literally "protection from the sun," from para- "defense against" (see para- (2)) + sole "sun," from Latin solem (nominative sol; see sol).

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