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

Co-Op and Kinja Deals fall under the umbrella of the Inventory, which Gizmodo launched in May. There, staff and freelance writers publish first-person product recommendations. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best.," 11 Dec. 2018 Another is that management made an unconvincing case why the businesses will be better off on their own rather than under the umbrella of a well-run conglomerate. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Downside of a United Technologies Breakup," 27 Nov. 2018 That commitment, coming under the umbrella of the bigger HQ2 program, landed at the end of Mr. Haslam’s second term. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Amazon to New York: It’s Not Me, It’s You," 15 Feb. 2019 At midnight, Teigen went in to embrace Jones, only to be hit in the eye with Jones' umbrella. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen Saw in 2019 by Bashing into an Umbrella on Live TV," 1 Jan. 2019 In short, Happy New Year to everyone except umbrellas. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Got Hit in the Face by an Umbrella on Live TV, and Obviously It Became a Meme," 1 Jan. 2019 Translated into plain English, that means the company wants to act as an umbrella entity for numerous independent online media outlets that have been operating since June 2018. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 Hop on a world tour of photographer Gray Malin’s aerial images of sunbathers, with umbrellas dotting the sand like technicolor punctuation. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 This small town was (and still is) known for manufacturing goods out of mulberry bark and bamboo, like paper umbrellas and paper lanterns. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About the Noguchi Lamp," 1 Feb. 2019

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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 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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