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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 ?
Excuse me," said Margaret's young man, who had for some time been preparing a sentence, "but that lady has, quite inadvertently, taken my umbrella.
His silk umbrella he had set by the door on entering.
Weston had an umbrella too, and offered me the benefit of its shelter, for it was raining heavily.
You go and get some fresh air," repeated Aunt Jamesina, "but take your umbrella, for I believe it's going to rain.
It is madness to travel in Syria without an umbrella.
Tweedledum spread a large umbrella over himself and his brother, and looked up into it.
I set the umbrella slowly and carefully on end against the wall, but as soon as I took my hand away, its heel slipped from under it, and down it came again with another bang.
And then, too, somehow I always find myself carrying more things in wet weather than in dry; and when you have a bag, and three parcels, and a newspaper, and it suddenly comes on to rain, you can't open your umbrella.
I opened the door; and at first looked down, to my amazement, on nothing but a great umbrella that appeared to be walking about of itself.
And what do you think it was but a big umbrella with a white handle?
Fine land this,' said one of them, pointing with his umbrella to the wide fields on the right, conspicuous for their compact hedgerows, deep, well-cut ditches, and fine timber-trees, growing sometimes on the borders, sometimes in the midst of the enclosure:
But they were both up very early for all that, and had small appetites for breakfast and less for dinner, and were in a state of great excitement when Barbara's mother came in, with astonishing accounts of the fineness of the weather out of doors (but with a very large umbrella notwithstanding, for people like Barbara's mother seldom make holiday without one), and when the bell rang for them to go up stairs and receive their quarter's money in gold and silver.