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umpire

noun um·pire \ ˈəm-ˌpī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

Definition of umpire

1 : an official in a sport who rules on plays
2 : one having authority to decide finally a controversy or question between parties: such 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
3 : a military officer who evaluates maneuvers

Examples of umpire in a Sentence

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

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History of umpire

The word umpire was formed by metanalysis, or the changing of the division of words based upon how they sound together. The original word in English was noumpere, which was a borrowing of the French term nompere. The -pere of nompere was the French word for “equal,” a descendant of the Latin word par (“equal”) that is the root of words like peer, pair, and, of course, par. Noumpere became the form used in English for “one without equal” or “peerless,” but frequent references to a noumpere ended up becoming references to an oumpere, which became the modern word umpire. It’s ironic that the word for a person who literally calls balls and strikes is called by a name created by a linguistic foul.

Origin and Etymology 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


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umpire

verb

Definition of umpire

umpired; umpiring
: to supervise or decide as umpire
: to act as umpire

Examples of umpire in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of umpire

1609

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UMPIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of umpire for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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Definition of umpire for English Language Learners

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


UMPIRE Defined for Kids

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noun um·pire \ ˈəm-ˌpīr \

Definition of umpire for Students

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

Law Dictionary

umpire

noun um·pire

legal Definition of umpire

: a person having authority to decide finally a controversy or question between parties: as
a : one appointed to decide between disagreeing arbitrators
b : an impartial third party chosen to arbitrate disputes arising under the terms of a labor agreement
c : one appointed to mediate between the appraisers of an insured and insurer in order to determine the amount of a loss


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