Definition of parasol noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpærəsɒl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəsɔːl//
    , NAmE//ˈpærəsɑːl//
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  1. 1a type of light umbrella that women in the past carried to protect themselves from the sun
  2. 2a large umbrella that is used for example on beaches or outside restaurants to protect people from hot sun compare sunshade
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, from Italian parasole, from para- ‘protecting against’ + sole ‘sun’ (from Latin sol).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parasol