from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something, such as an awning or a billed cap, that is used or worn as a protection from the sun's rays.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something to keep the sun off, something to create shade from the sun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small parasol.
- n. An awning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something used as a protection from the rays of the sun.
- n. A hood or front-piece made of silk shirred upon whalebones, worn over the front of a bonnet as a protection from sun or wind. Such hoods were in fashion about 1850. Compare ugly, n.
- n. A kind of awning projecting from the top of a shop-window.
- n. A dark or colored glass used upon a sextant or telescope to diminish the intensity of the light in observing the sun.
- n. A tube projecting beyond the objective of a telescope to cnt off strong light.
- n. A shadehat
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a handheld collapsible source of shade
- n. a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun
From Middle English *sunschade, from Old English sunsceadu, sunnsceadu ("a veil, a sun-shade, a covering to keep off the sun"), equivalent to sun + shade. (Wiktionary)