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parasol

[par-uh-sawl, -sol] /ˈpær əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/
noun
1.
a lightweight umbrella used, especially by women, as a sunshade.
Origin of parasol
1610-1620
1610-20; < French, Middle French < Italian parasole. See para-2, Sol
Related forms
parasoled, adjective
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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

parasol

/ˈpærəˌsɒl/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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