Definitions of umbrella

  1. covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups; " an umbrella organization"; " umbrella insurance coverage"
  2. having the function of uniting a group of similar things; " the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; " under the umbrella of capitalism"
  3. a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets; " an air umbrella over England"
  4. a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  5. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other elastic material, inserted, or fastened to, a rod or stick by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of being opened and closed with ease. See Parasol.
  6. The umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a jellyfish.
  7. Any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus Umbrella, having an umbrella- shaped shell; - called also umbrella shell.
  8. A collapsible metal frame, covered with waterproof fabric, carried in the hand as a shelter from rain, sun, etc.
  9. A familiar covered sliding frame carried in the hand, as a screen from rain or sunshine.
  10. Portable screen to protect from sunshine or rain.
  11. A light portable canopy to keep off sun or rain.
  12. A shade or screen carried in the hand as a shelter from the sun or the rain.
  13. A portable screen to be held above the head to shade from the sun, or to protect from rain, and which may be opened and shut at pleasure.
  14. The contractile disc of a Jelly- fish.

Usage examples for umbrella

  1. When the unhappy man tried to explain how he had mistaken her little donkey for a lion, she thought he was making fun of her, and belaboured him with her umbrella – The World's Greatest Books, Vol III by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  2. You poor boy, haven't you an umbrella – The Husbands of Edith by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. An umbrella was hardly of any use." – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  4. Better to have kept umbrella – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  5. She would lie down here and die with Mr. Grubb and the babies and the umbrella – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  6. The woman with the umbrella – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  7. The body was carried out into the yard and seated in a large chair under an umbrella – White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor by A. J. Bueltmann
  8. Her hands were covered with black cotton gloves, and she held a black umbrella – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. What a beast of an umbrella – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  10. I plunged on through the wet grass, my eyes on the opening through the trees, the rain pouring from my umbrella – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. The very rain was different- straight rain, falling properly on to one's umbrella not that violently blowing English stuff that got in everywhere. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  12. She had no footman and no umbrella and she made a quick dash for the door, followed at once by Doctor Pieri. – The White Sister by F. Marion Crawford
  13. She came in the form of an old French woman with a large red umbrella and it would have been better for Tartarin to have faced a female lion. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol III by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  14. I'll walk right along under your umbrella if you don't mind. – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  15. She looked vaguely round the room with a new purpose: she had lost sight of her umbrella – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  16. His surprise therefore was great when the door swung open and showed an unknown man placing his dripping umbrella in the corner. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  17. This equipment was completed by a painted fan stuck in the belt, and at times an opened paper umbrella – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  18. It has been supposed that the reason for carrying the umbrella above the king's head was to veil his eyes from his subjects, and prevent them from being injured by the magical power of his glance. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  19. In about ten minutes the carriage stopped, the footman jumped down with his open umbrella in his hand, and let her into the house. – The White Sister by F. Marion Crawford
  20. Wi' an umbrella and a bag, eh? – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn