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um·brel·la

 (ŭm-brĕl′ə)
n.
1. A device for protection from the weather consisting of a collapsible, usually circular canopy mounted on a central rod.
2.
a. Something shaped like an umbrella: the umbrella of a mushroom.
b. The gelatinous, rounded mass that makes up the major part of the medusa stage of most jellyfish and certain other cnidarians.
3.
a. Something that covers or protects: The researcher's job was saved by the umbrella of academic freedom.
b. Air cover, especially during a military operation.

[Italian ombrella, from Late Latin umbrella, alteration (influenced by umbra, shade) of Latin umbella, parasol; see umbel.]

um·brel′la·less adj.

umbrella

(ʌmˈbrɛlə)
n
1. a portable device used for protection against rain, snow, etc, and consisting of a light canopy supported on a collapsible metal frame mounted on a central rod
2. (Zoology) the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa
3. (Military) a protective shield or screen, esp of aircraft or gunfire
4. anything that has the effect of a protective screen or cover
5.
a. any system or agency that provides centralized organization or general cover for a group of related companies, organizations, etc: dance umbrella.
b. (as modifier): an umbrella fund; umbrella group.
[C17: from Italian ombrella, diminutive of ombra shade; see umbra]
umˈbrella-ˌlike adj

um•brel•la

(ʌmˈbrɛl ə)

n., pl. -las.
1. a light, portable, circular cover for protection from inclement weather, consisting of a collapsible, fabric-covered frame of thin ribs radiating from the top of a carrying stick or handle.
2. Also, bell. the bell-shaped body of a jellyfish.
3. something that protects from above, as military aircraft safeguarding surface forces: an air umbrella.
4. something, as an organization or policy, that encompasses a number of groups or elements.
adj.
5. functioning or shaped like an umbrella.
6. applying to or covering simultaneously a number of similar items, elements, or groups: the umbrella coverage of an insurance policy.
[1600–10; < Italian ombrello < Late Latin umbrella, alter. (with influence of Latin umbra shade) of Latin umbella sunshade. See umbel]
pron: See police.

umbrella

  • umbrella - Etymologically, it is a "little shadow."
  • parapluie - A French word for umbrella, derived from Latin pluvia, "rain."
  • bumbershoot - Another word for umbrella, formed by combining an alteration of the word umbrella and an alteration of the word parachute.
  • nuclear umbrella - A protective status in which a nuclear state promises to use its arsenal to defend an ally without nuclear capabilities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.umbrella - a lightweight handheld collapsible canopyumbrella - a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
canopy - a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
brolly, gamp - colloquial terms for an umbrella
gore, panel - a piece of cloth that is generally triangular or tapering; used in making garments or umbrellas or sails
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
rib - support resembling the rib of an animal
2.umbrella - a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets; "an air umbrella over England"
defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
3.umbrella - having the function of uniting a group of similar things; "the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; "under the umbrella of capitalism"
jointure, uniting, unification, conjugation, union - the act of making or becoming a single unit; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"
Adj.1.umbrella - covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups; "an umbrella organization"; "umbrella insurance coverage"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"

umbrella

noun
1. brolly (Brit. informal), parasol, sunshade, gamp Harry held an umbrella over Dawn.
2. cover, protection, guardianship, backing, support, charge, care, agency, responsibility, guidance, patronage, auspices, aegis, safe keeping, protectorship under the moral umbrella of the United Nations
adjective
1. coalition, united, combined, affiliated, confederate, amalgamated an umbrella group comprising almost a hundred parties
Related words
enthusiast brolliologist
Translations
مِظَلَّةمِظَلَّه
deštník
paraply
sateenvarjouimakello
kišobransuncobran
esernyõesernyő
regnhlíf
우산
lietussargs
parapluregenscherm
dáždnik
dežniksončnik
kišobransuncobranкишобрансунцобран
paraplyparaply-
ร่ม

umbrella

[ʌmˈbrelə]
A. N
1.paraguas m inv
beach/sun umbrellasombrilla f
under the umbrella of (fig) (= protected) → al abrigo de; (= incorporating) → comprendido en
2. (Mil) [of fire] → cortina f de fuego antiaéreo; [of aircraft] → sombrilla f protectora
B. CPD umbrella organization Norganización f paraguas
umbrella stand Nparagüero m

umbrella

[ʌmˈbrɛlə]
n
(for protection against rain)parapluie m
(for protection against sun)parasol m
a beach umbrella → un parasol
(fig) (= protection, patronage) under the umbrella of → sous les auspices de
(MILITARY) nuclear umbrella → parapluie m nucléaire
modif [organization, group, body] → de coordination; [word, term, name, title] → génériqueumbrella stand npied m de parasol

umbrella

n(Regen)schirm m; (= sun umbrella)(Sonnen)schirm m; (Mil: = air umbrella, for ground troops) → Abschirmung f, → Luftschirm m; (for plane) → Jagdschutz m; under the umbrella of (fig)unter der Kontrolle von; to bring something under one umbrellaetw zusammenfassen

umbrella

:
umbrella organization
umbrella stand

umbrella

[ʌmˈbrɛlə] nombrello
under the umbrella of (fig) → sotto l'egida di
an umbrella organization una organizzazione a cui fanno capo diverse altre

umbrella

(amˈbrelə) noun
an apparatus for protecting a person from the rain, made of a folding covered framework attached to a stick with a handle. Take an umbrella – it's going to rain.

umbrella

مِظَلَّة deštník paraply Schirm ομπρέλα paraguas sateenvarjo parapluie kišobran ombrello 우산 paraplu paraply parasol guarda-chuva зонт paraply ร่ม şemsiye
References in classic literature ?
It's strong and neat, so I ought not to complain, but I know I shall feel ashamed of it beside Annie's silk one with a gold top," sighed Meg, surveying the little umbrella with great disfavor.
Some ragged little boys from the depot sold pop and iced lemonade under a white umbrella at the corner, and made faces at the spruce youngsters who came to dance.
Here, take the umbrella," she exclaimed, holding it out to him.
But the visitor quietly closed the shop-door behind him, stood up his umbrella against the counter, and turned a visage of composed benignity, to meet the alarm and anger which his appearance had excited.
When he entered I observed that he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of the water it had absorbed.
He had scarcely begun when a gentleman, walking toward us very fast, held up his umbrella.
Then there was a black bonnet which had to be adjusted carefully, and an umbrella which was mislaid, and a bag full of necessaries which had to be collected from here and there--the man being nearly crazy with anxiety in the meantime.
He was very careful of his valise and umbrella, bringing them in with his own hands, and resisting, pertinaciously, all offers from the various servants to relieve him of them.
They generly had on yellow straw hats most as wide as an umbrella, but didn't wear no coats nor waistcoats, they called one another Bill, and Buck, and Hank, and Joe, and Andy, and talked lazy and drawly, and used considerable many cuss words.
Toward midnight Tom Driscoll arrived at his lodgings from the theater in the heavy downpour, and closed his umbrella and let himself in; but when he would have shut the door, he found that there was another person entering--doubtless another lodger; this person closed the door and tramped upstairs behind Tom.
The morning was made cheerful by Rebecca's start for school, the packing of the luncheon basket, the final word about umbrella, waterproof, or rubbers; the parting admonition and the unconscious waiting at the window for the last wave of the hand.
I was sitting near the doorElizabeth saw me directly; but he did not; he was busy with the umbrella.