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umbrella

um·brel·la

umbrella

 
pronunciation:
uhm bre l
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a usu. portable or movable shield against the rain or sun, consisting of a collapsible canopy attached to and supported on radiating ribs joined to a central rod or stick.
 
definition 2: anything that resembles this object in shape or function, esp. in providing protection from above or in including several groups or activities under a single authority or organization.
An umbrella of aircraft protected the troops' advance.Several small unions are under the umbrella of the national union.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or like an umbrella in shape or function.
definition 2: encompassing or applicable to several elements or groups.
an umbrella terman umbrella organization
derivation: umbrellalike (adj.)
Word History
Umbrella comes from the Italian word ombrello, which means "little sunshade."
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