[ uhm-brel-uh ]
/ ʌmˈbrɛl ə /
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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.



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

/ (ʌmˈbrɛlə) /


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
umbrella-like, adjective
C17: from Italian ombrella, diminutive of ombra shade; see umbra
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