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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: ombrella, from Latin umbella, from umbra; UMBRAGE

umbrella

noun
     
umbrella
um‧brel‧la [countable]
1D an object that you use to protect yourself against rain or hot sun. It consists of a circular folding frame covered in cloth [↪ parasol]:
It started to rain, so Tricia stopped to put up her umbrella.
I spent the day on the beach, lying under a beach umbrella, reading.
2

umbrella organization/group/agency etc

an organization that includes many smaller groups
3

umbrella term/word/title etc

a word whose meaning includes many different types of a particular thing:
District nurses, health visitors, and school nurses will come under the umbrella term 'community nursing'.
4

(come/work etc) under the umbrella of something

to be part of a larger organization or involved in the work done by it:
The international education program came under the umbrella of the State Department.
5 the protection given by a powerful country, army, a weapons system etc:
the American nuclear umbrella over western Europe
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