Origin of umbrella
Examples from the Web for umbrella
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.
The law professor, Benny Tai, urged the students to “retreat and take the spirit of the Umbrella Movement into the community.”
Think of them as the Monuments Men and Women of the Umbrella Movement.
From Carnations to Umbrella, the history and importance of names people give to nonviolent movements.
Every one carries an umbrella in Bergen, for that city is said to be the rainiest in the world.Chasing the Sun|R.M. Ballantyne
Leaving him still in the hall, clutching nervously at his umbrella, she went into the kitchen and sent out Kathleen.The Shadow|Mary White Ovington
The wind blew harder, too, and drove the rain in under the umbrella, so that our travellers were beginning to get quite wet.Rollo in Scotland|Jacob Abbott
One umbrella, were it no bigger than a fairy mushroom, is worth ten such stopgaps.Ulysses|James Joyce
He walked rapidly toward home, for the weather looked threatening, and Tom had no umbrella.Tom Swift Among The Diamond Makers|Victor Appleton
British Dictionary definitions for umbrella
- any system or agency that provides centralized organization or general cover for a group of related companies, organizations, etcdance umbrella
- (as modifier)an umbrella fund; umbrella group
Word Origin for umbrella
Word Origin and History for umbrella
c.1600, first attested in Donne's letters, from Italian ombrello, from Late Latin umbrella, altered (by influence of umbra) from Latin umbella "sunshade, parasol," diminutive of umbra "shade, shadow" (see umbrage).
A sunshade in the Mediterranean, a shelter from the rain in England; in late 17c. usage, usually as an Oriental or African symbol of dignity. Said to have been used by women in England from c.1700; the first rain-umbrella carried by a man there was traditionally c.1760, by Jonas Hathaway, noted traveler and philanthropist. Figurative sense of "authority, unifying quality" (usually in a phrase such as under the umbrella of) is recorded from 1948.