umbrella

noun
um·​brel·​la | \ ˌəm-ˈbre-lə How to pronounce umbrella (audio) , especially Southern ˈəm-ˌbre- \

Definition of umbrella

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a collapsible shade for protection against weather consisting of fabric stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole especially : a small one for carrying in the hand
2 : something which covers or embraces a broad range of elements or factors decided to expand … by building new colleges under a federation umbrella— Diane Ravitch
3 : the bell-shaped or saucer-shaped largely gelatinous structure that forms the chief part of the body of most jellyfishes : bell entry 1 sense 3b
4 : something which provides protection: such as
a : defensive air cover (as over a battlefront)
b : a heavy barrage

umbrella

verb
umbrellaed; umbrellaing

Definition of umbrella (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to protect, cover, or provide with an umbrella

Examples of umbrella in a Sentence

Noun The store sells Indian, Asian, and Middle Eastern foods under the umbrella of international cuisine.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even though Tokyo renounces its own possession, production, or hosting of nuclear weapons, Japan is a top U.S. ally, hosts 50,000 American troops and is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. Fox News, "Hiroshima survivors mark 75th anniversary of attack, urge ban on nuclear weapons," 6 Aug. 2020 Even though Tokyo renounces its own possession, production or hosting of nuclear weapons, Japan is a top U.S. ally, hosts 50,000 American troops and is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. Author: Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, "Survivors mark 75th anniversary of atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima by US," 6 Aug. 2020 Even though Tokyo renounces its own possession, production, or hosting of nuclear weapons, Japan is a top U.S. ally, hosts 50,000 American troops, and is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. Mari Yamaguchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hiroshima 75 years later: Survivors still fight for A-bomb ban," 6 Aug. 2020 Even though Tokyo renounces its own possession, production, or hosting of nuclear weapons, Japan is a top US ally, hosts 50,000 American troops, and is protected by the US nuclear umbrella. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack," 6 Aug. 2020 Pandas are known in China as an umbrella species -- which means experts believe measures to protect pandas would help protect other species, as well as the larger ecosystem. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China saved the giant panda, but conservation efforts ignored other species says new study," 4 Aug. 2020 But for now, everything has stayed, pretty much, under the health and wellness umbrella. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Blake Griffin Reveals Dream Guest on 'Pursuit of Healthiness' Podcast," 4 Aug. 2020 But bringing TikTok under the American security umbrella hardly means its users’ data will be immune to abuse and exploitation. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "TikTok and America’s Bleak Techno-Nationalism," 4 Aug. 2020 This 9-foot wide umbrella provides instant relief from the sun with its expansive build. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "This popular patio umbrella is $120 off at Kohl's right now," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of umbrella

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for umbrella

Noun

Italian ombrella, modification of Latin umbella, diminutive of umbra

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The first known use of umbrella was in 1611

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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Umbrella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umbrella. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for umbrella

umbrella

noun
How to pronounce umbrella (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of umbrella

: a device that is used for protection from the rain and sun
: a group or organization that includes many smaller groups
: something that includes several or many different things

umbrella

noun
um·​brel·​la | \ ˌəm-ˈbre-lə How to pronounce umbrella (audio) \

Kids Definition of umbrella

: a fabric covering stretched over a circular folding frame of rods attached to a pole and used as a protection against rain or sun

umbrella

adjective
um·​brel·​la

Legal Definition of umbrella

: being or relating to a supplemental insurance policy that extends the coverage of an underlying policy on the same risk an umbrella policy umbrella liability insurance

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