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A folding canopy supported by wooden or metal ribs that are generally fixed on a wooden, metal, or plastic pole is known as an umbrella or parasol. Its purpose is to shield a person from the elements, such as rain and sunshine. Although the phrases umbrella and parasol are still used interchangeably, the umbrella is historically used to shield oneself from rain, and the parasol is usually used to protect oneself from sunshine. The canopy material is often the deciding factor; some parasols are not waterproof. Fabric or flexible plastic can be used to make umbrella canopies. There are also parasol and umbrella combos known as en-tout-cas (French for “in any case”).

Umbrellas and parasols are generally personal-use hand-held portable equipment. Golf umbrellas are the largest hand-portable umbrellas. Fully collapsible umbrellas, in which the metal pole holding the canopy retracts, allowing the umbrella to fit in a purse, and non-collapsible umbrellas, in which the support pole cannot retract, and only the canopy may be compressed, are the two types of umbrellas. Another contrast is between manually operated umbrellas and spring-loaded automatic umbrellas that open with the push of a button.

The handle of a hand-held umbrella can be constructed of wood, a plastic cylinder, or a bent “crook” handle (like the handle of a cane). Umbrellas come in a variety of price and quality levels, ranging from low-cost, low-quality versions offered at bargain stores to high-end, carefully crafted, designer-labeled umbrellas. Larger parasols that can block the sun for a group of people are frequently used as permanent or semi-permanent devices, along with patio tables or other outdoor furniture, or as places of shade on a hot beach.


The term “parasol” is a mix of para, which means “to halt or protect,” and sol, which means “sun.” “Parapluie” (French) is made up of the words para and pluie, which signifies rain (which in turn derives from pluvia, the Latin word for rain). As a result, a parasol protects from the sun, whereas a parable protects from the rain.

The term “umbrella” is derived from the ancient Greek o (embryo = rain) and the Latin umbra, which means darkened or shadow. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this occurred in the 17th century, with the earliest documented use in 1610.

The first known parasols in Ancient Egyptian art come from approximately 2450 BC, during the Fifth Dynasty. The parasol comes in a variety of forms. It’s usually represented as a flabellum, a palm leaf, or colored feather fan with a long handle, similar to the ones carried behind the Pope in processions today. In his work on Egypt, Gardiner Wilkinson has an illustration depicting an Ethiopian princess riding in a chariot through Upper Egypt; a sort of umbrella tied to a sturdy pole rises in the center, giving a close resemblance to what are today known as chaise umbrellas. According to Wilkinson’s description, the umbrella was widely used across Egypt, partially as a symbol of distinction, but mostly for its practical rather than decorative characteristics. A parasol is held over the figure of a god borne in procession in some paintings on a temple wall.

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