|An umbrella is a device used for temporary shade or shelter
from precipitation. They can be made by stretching a materials over a wiry
frame. Umbrellas carried by hand are now usually used as rain shields, although
their first use was for shielding from the sun.
An umbrella made for protection from the sun, is called a parasol. These are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture, or on the beach for shelter from the sun.
The word "umbrella" is from the Latin word "umbra" for shade or shadow.
"Brolly" is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain (both the word, and the object).