ETYM French, from Spanish or Portu. parasol, or Italian parasole; Italian parare to ward off, Spanish and Portu. parar (Latin parare to prepare) + Italian sole sun, Spanish and Portu. sol (Latin sol). Related to Parry, Solar. A handheld collapsible source of shade | SYN: sunshade.
ETYM Old Eng. shade, shadewe, schadewe, as. sceadu, scead; akin to os. skado, Dutch schaduw, Old High Germ. scato, (gen. scatewes), German schatten, Goth. skadus, Irish and Gael. sgath, and probably to Greek skotos darkness. Cf. Shadow, Shed a hat.
1 > A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color | SYN: tint, tincture, tone.
2 > Relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body | SYN: shadiness, shadowiness.
3 > Something that protects from direct sunlight.
ETYM Italian umbrella, from ombra a shade, Latin umbra; cf. Latin umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Related to Umbel, Umbrage.
1 > A lightweight handheld collapsible shelter.
2 > Having the function of uniting a group of similar things.
3 > A formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets.
Portable protection against the rain (when used in the sun it is usually called a parasol or sunshade). In use in China for more than a thousand years, umbrellas were also held over the rulers of ancient Egypt and Assyria as symbols of power and had a similar significance for Aztec and African rulers and dignitaries of the Roman Catholic Church.
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