noun um·pire \ˈəm-ˌpī(-ə)r\

: a person who controls play and makes sure that players act according to the rules in a sports event (such as a baseball game or a cricket or tennis match)

Full Definition of UMPIRE

:  one having authority to decide finally a controversy or question between parties: as
a :  one appointed to decide between arbitrators who have disagreed
b :  an impartial third party chosen to arbitrate disputes arising under the terms of a labor agreement
:  an official in a sport who rules on plays
:  a military officer who evaluates maneuvers

Examples of UMPIRE

  1. <usually acts as umpire in the all-too-frequent squabbles between the two other roommates>

Origin of UMPIRE

Middle English oumpere, alteration (from misdivision of a noumpere) of noumpere, from Anglo-French nounpier, nompere, from nounpier, adjective, single, odd, from non- + per equal, from Latin par
First Known Use: 15th century



: to be an umpire in a sports event (such as a baseball game)


Full Definition of UMPIRE

transitive verb
:  to supervise or decide as umpire
intransitive verb
:  to act as umpire

Examples of UMPIRE

  1. <in our family disputes regarding the use of our home entertainment system are umpired by Dad>

First Known Use of UMPIRE

UMPIRING Defined for Kids


noun um·pire \ˈəm-ˌpīr\

Definition of UMPIRE for Kids

:  an official in a sport (as baseball) who enforces the rules


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