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



BrE BrE//ˈʌmbə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌmbər//
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a dark brown or yellowish-brown colour used in paints Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French (terre d')ombre or Italian (terra di) ombra, literally ‘(earth of) shadow’, from Latin umbra ‘shadow’ or Umbra (feminine) ‘Umbrian’.
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