umbrella

[ uhm-brel-uh ]
/ ʌmˈbrɛl ə /

noun

adjective

shaped like or intended to perform the function of an umbrella.
having the quality or function of covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items, elements, or groups: an umbrella organization; umbrella coverage in an insurance policy.

Origin of umbrella

1600–10; 1965–70 for def 7; < Italian ombrella, earlier variant of ombrello < Late Latin umbrella, alteration (with influence of Latin umbra shade) of Latin umbella sunshade. See umbel

OTHER WORDS FROM umbrella

um·brel·la·less, adjectiveum·brel·la·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for umbrella

umbrella
/ (ʌmˈbrɛlə) /

noun

a portable device used for protection against rain, snow, etc, and consisting of a light canopy supported on a collapsible metal frame mounted on a central rod
the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa
a protective shield or screen, esp of aircraft or gunfire
anything that has the effect of a protective screen or cover
  1. any system or agency that provides centralized organization or general cover for a group of related companies, organizations, etcdance umbrella
  2. (as modifier)an umbrella fund; umbrella group

Derived forms of umbrella

umbrella-like, adjective

Word Origin for umbrella

C17: from Italian ombrella, diminutive of ombra shade; see umbra
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