umbrella

noun
um·​brel·​la | \ ˌəm-ˈbre-lə, 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

Tables of wide wood planks sit under white umbrellas and overlook the sea. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 Rabbi Chuck Diamond offered prayers to people gathered under umbrellas outside the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Congregations Lead Nation in Coming Together After Tragedy," 3 Nov. 2018 Haspel's appearance drew protests from a small group of students who chanted in the rain while huddled under umbrellas. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals," 24 Sep. 2018 Models were escorted to the runway, which was held in the middle of New York's Marble Cemetery, under large umbrellas (also used to shield those attending the show). Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rodarte Staged a Stunning New York Fashion Week Return in the Rain," 10 Sep. 2018 Minutes later — after the Strunks had helped ferry the roughly 50 guests waiting in their cars into the house, shielding them under umbrellas — Gonzalez walked into the gallery. Hannah Natanson, BostonGlobe.com, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 Minutes later — after the Strunks had helped ferry the roughly 50 guests waiting in their cars into the house, shielding them under umbrellas — Gonzalez walked into the gallery. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer.," 12 July 2018 Some of the cafe's 32 outdoor seats, located on the upper patio, are under umbrellas; the rest are for sun lovers. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 On Tuesday, people took refuge under beach umbrellas as the sun grew brighter and the day hotter, with temperatures rising toward the 90s and the Philadelphia area under an excessive-heat warning. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "About 40 protesters blocking doors to Philly ICE," 3 July 2018

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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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umbrella

noun

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 \

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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