Definition of umbrella noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌmˈbrelə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌmˈbrelə//
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  1. 1  (also British English, informal brolly) an object with a round folding frame of long straight pieces of metal covered with material, that you use to protect yourself from the rain or from hot sun I put up my umbrella. colourful beach umbrellas a rolled/furled umbrella an umbrella stand compare parasol, sunshade See related entries: Rain
  2. 2a thing that contains or includes many different parts or elements Many previously separate groups are now operating under the umbrella of a single authority. an umbrella organization/group/fund ‘Contact sports’ is an umbrella term for a variety of different sports.
  3. 3a country or system that protects people
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Italian ombrella, diminutive of ombra ‘shade’, from Latin umbra ‘shade’.Extra examples Two separate political parties emerged from the umbrella organization. ‘Herb’ is an umbrella term covering many types of plant. She let down her umbrella and furled it. She was fast asleep under a big beach umbrella. The two sectors combined under the umbrella of the Scottish Council. an umbrella group including members of opposition parties the American nuclear umbrella over Europe the broad umbrella of alternative medicine the two areas brought together under the umbrella of the committee Many previously separate groups are now operating under the umbrella of the same authority.
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