What does Sombrero mean in Spanish and Where does the word “Umbrella” come from?

Like the other head coverings parasol and umbrella, sombrero is named to describe its benefit when worn.

Thus this wide-brimmed hat from sunny Spain is so-called from the shade it affords its wearer, the Spanish for “shade” being sombra.

Umbrella is similarly named, from the Latin umbra, “shade,” with a diminutive ending, hence, “a little shade.”

Parasol is from the Italian parasole, from para, a form of the verb parare, “to ward off, parry,” combined with sole, “sun,” hence, “warding off the sun.”

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