[par-uh-sawl, -sol]


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 formspar·a·soled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parasol

Contemporary Examples of parasol

Historical Examples of parasol

  • On the door-step she paused, with her parasol open, and considered.

  • She broke off with a little laugh, and looked at him beneath the shade of her parasol.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

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

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Jennie sat tracing a pattern on the dusty floor with the point of her parasol.

  • The parasol being arranged to her liking, she glanced up at him.

British Dictionary definitions for parasol



an umbrella used for protection against the sun; sunshade

Word Origin for parasol

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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