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/ ˈsʌnˌʃeɪd /
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something used as a protection from the rays of the sun, as an awning or a parasol.
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Origin of sunshade

First recorded in 1835–45; sun + shade
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What does sunshade mean?

Sunshade is a general term for something that’s intended to block sunshine and provide shade—something that shades you from the sun.

Things that could be called a sunshade include an awning (like in a stadium or on the back of your house), a parasol (one of those umbrellas used for shade), and that thing you put on the inside of your car’s windshield so the car doesn’t so get so hot in the sun.

Although the word shades is a slang term for sunglasses, the word sunshade does not typically refer to sunglasses.

Example: I don’t want to get a sunburn while sitting on the deck, so I’m going to install some kind of sunshade.

Where does sunshade come from?

The first records of the word sunshade come from around the 1800s. It’s simply a combination of the words sun and shade, much like other compound words that start with sun, like sunshine, sunglasses, and sunburn.

Sunshades prevent sunburn, or at least provide a little shade so it doesn’t feel so hot when you sit in the sun. The word sunshade is often used as a general term, meaning it usually refers to a thing whose function is to block or reduce sunlight. Most things that are considered sunshades have more specific names, like awning. However, some objects are specifically referred to as sunshades, especially windshield covers or the similar screens that can be placed on the inside of car windows.

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How is sunshade used in real life?

Sunshades are commonly used, but they’re often called by other names.


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Is sunshade used correctly in the following sentence?

If you’re going to the beach, make sure you bring a sunshade like a beach umbrella or pop-up tent.

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British Dictionary definitions for sunshade

/ (ˈsʌnˌʃeɪd) /

a device, esp a parasol or awning, serving to shade from the sun
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