Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light, usually small umbrella carried as protection from the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small light umbrella used as protection from the sun

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of small umbrella used by women as a protection from the sun.
  • transitive v. To shade as with a parasol.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shade with or as with a parasol; shelter from the sun's rays; supply with a parasol.
  • n. A light umbrella carried by women to shield their faces from the sun's rays; a sunshade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a handheld collapsible source of shade

Etymologies

French, from Italian parasole : parare, to shield (from Latin parāre, to prepare) + sole, sun (from Latin sōl).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French parasol, from Italian parasole, from para- ("to shield") + sole ("sun") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pyramids of Egyptthe real lady's maid, with or without the pink parasol, is far more inappropriate on shipboard.

    Extracts from a Lady's Log-Book,

  • He buried her and after a decent while took this room in The Jolly Tar on the Bristol waterfront, leaving the direction of the estate in Huntingdon to his son, bringing with him only the parasol from the island that made him famous and the dead parrot fixed to its perch and a few necessaries, and has lived here alone ever since, strolling by day about the wharves and quays, staring out west over the sea, for his sight is still keen, smoking his pipes.

    Nobel Lecture - Literature 2003

  • It is doubtful if he realized that a parasol is a purely feminine adjunct; -- although the Mistress always declared he did.

    Further Adventures of Lad

  • The parasol was a silk one, no longer new, tied round with old elastic.

    The Darling and Other Stories

  • Beneath the parasol was the little laundress in her Sunday clothes.

    Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant

  • Her parasol was a mere rose-leaf for size -- about as big as a silver three-cent piece.

    Queer Stories for Boys and Girls

  • A dark creature approaches it still snaps and snipes but offers a parasol which is taken before it retires

    Quick crossword No 12,722

  • Expressed in terms of the metaphor of the "greenhouse effect," it would work like this: Geo-engineering would put a "parasol" over the greenhouse to deflect 1% or 2% of the sunlight that now affects the Earth.

    Thinking Big on Global Warming

  • Ben Zoof admitted the necessity of extemporizing a kind of parasol for himself, otherwise he must literally have been roasted to death upon the exposed summit of the cliff.

    Off on a Comet

  • I was going to come up with some kind of parasol, a shield to keep the sunlight off.

    Roger MacBride

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