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



BrE BrE//ˈʌmpaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌmpaɪər//
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(also North American English, informal ump) (in sports such as tennis and baseball) a person whose job is to watch a game and make sure that rules are not broken The umpire’s decision is final. Taylor was given out by the umpire. compare referee See related entries: Tennis Word Originlate Middle English (originally as noumpere) (denoting an arbitrator): from Old French nonper ‘not equal’. The n was lost by wrong division of a noumpere; compare with adder.
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