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[par-uh-sawl, -sol] /ˈpær əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/
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 forms
parasoled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Before that happens, though, push the rope in that hole a little to loosen it so I can catch hold of the stick with the parasol.

    The Secret of Casa Grande Helen Randolph
  • She begged he would think no more of the parasol; it was no manner of consequence.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Jocelyn had walked with him as far as the gate, with only a parasol to protect her from the evening sun.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • It is, in reality, the parasol that revolves under the coin.

  • She stopped, jabbed the ground with her parasol and laughed.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • "I believe I'd carry a parasol if I were you," he said at last.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • For a few moments she was absorbed in the task of digging with the end of her parasol round the edge of a prominent black pebble.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • She moved her parasol in its direction, and looked at it curiously.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She was tracing letters upon the gravel-walk with her parasol.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for parasol


an umbrella used for protection against the sun; sunshade
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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parasol in Technology

Parallel Systems Object Language.
An object-oriented language which supports network and parallel computing. It has modules and exceptions.
["The Parasol Programming Language", R. Jervis hjervis!, Dr Dobbs J, Oct 1993, pp. 34-41].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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