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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: a numpire, mistaken for an umpire; numpire 'umpire' from Old French nonper 'not equal', from non- + per 'equal' (from Latin par)


1 noun
um‧pire1 [countable]
DSDS the person who makes sure that the players obey the rules in sports such as tennis, baseball, and cricket [↪ referee]
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