Definition of parasol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌsôl/
Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌsäl/


1A light umbrella used to give shade from the sun.
Example sentences
  • As for the sun, I had a parasol; it shaded my skin from the light.
  • Using the umbrellas as parasols on a warm summer day, we walked up the shrine approach.
  • One team produces a garden parasol to offer shade.
2 (also parasol mushroom) A widely distributed large mushroom with a broad, scaly, grayish-brown cap and a tall, slender stalk, growing typically in grassy places.
  • Genus Lepiota, family Lepiotaceae, class Hymenomycetes: numerous species, especially the edible L. procera.
Example sentences
  • The day of the election I picked and ate a delicious parasol mushroom - three months early.
  • Some small species of parasol mushroom are reputedly harmful, so it is best not to gather any which measure less than 8 cm across the cap unless they have been positively identified.
  • Scotland produces all sorts of edible wild mushrooms - parasols, horse mushrooms, field mushrooms and wood blewits to name but a few - but you must be sure of what they are before eating them or you could end up in hospital or worse.


Early 17th century: from French, from Italian parasole, from para- 'protecting against' + sole 'sun' (from Latin sol).

  • solar from Late Middle English:

    This is from Latin solaris, from sol ‘sun’, a base shared by mid 19th-century solarium, a use of a Latin word meaning both ‘sundial’ and ‘place for sunning oneself’. From the same source comes solstice (Middle English), the second half of which comes from Latin sistere ‘to stop’; and from Italian, based on Latin, parasol from parasole, formed from para- ‘protecting against’ and sole ‘sun’. Old English sun is from the same Indo-European root.

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Syllabification: par·a·sol

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