- a person selected to rule on the plays in a game.
- one selected to settle disputes about the application of settled rules or usages; a person agreed on by disputing parties to arbitrate their differences.
- to act as umpire in (a game).
- to decide or settle (a controversy, dispute, or the like) as umpire; arbitrate.
- to act as umpire.
Origin of umpire
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Examples from the Web for umpire
Clark, the first Jewish American League umpire, adjudicated baseball for three decades.Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books
April 11, 2014
After the third pitch the umpire told him to take first base.Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records
September 29, 2013
Jahn confirms it: “He does slam down the bat, and he gives the umpire a dirty look.”The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
May 18, 2013
Swearing at an umpire because of fan interference is a quick way not to become a tennis favorite.Top Eleven Tennis Tantrums
The Daily Beast Video
August 31, 2010
As he sat in his chair he jawed at the umpire and shook his head no, complaining, “Are there any rules here?”Upset for the Ages
September 15, 2009
Where it stopped rolling an umpire marked and called the distance.Buried Cities, Part 2
They argued and sometimes fought over the umpire's decision.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
The origin of government is simply that two men call in a third for umpire.
An umpire should be with each outpost and with each scouting patrol.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Eliot was at bat, and the umpire had just called the second strike on him.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
- an official who rules on the playing of a game, as in cricket or baseball
- a person who rules on or judges disputes between contesting parties
- to act as umpire in (a game, dispute, or controversy)
Word Origin and History for umpire
c.1400, noumper, from Old French nonper "odd number, not even," in reference to a third person to arbitrate between two, from non "not" + per "equal," from Latin par. Initial -n- lost by mid-15c. due to faulty separation of a noumpere, heard as an oumpere. Originally legal, the gaming sense first recorded 1714 (in wrestling).
c.1600, from umpire (n.). Related: Umpired; umpiring.