[ uhm-brij ]
/ ˈʌm brɪdʒ /


offense; annoyance; displeasure: to feel umbrage at a social snub; to give umbrage to someone; to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.
the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like.
leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.
shade or shadows, as cast by trees.
a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.


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Origin of umbrage

1400–50; late Middle English < Old French; see umbra, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for umbrage

/ (ˈʌmbrɪdʒ) /


displeasure or resentment; offence (in the phrase give or take umbrage)
the foliage of trees, considered as providing shade
rare shadow or shade
archaic a shadow or semblance

Word Origin for umbrage

C15: from Old French umbrage, from Latin umbrāticus relating to shade, from umbra shade, shadow
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