The umbrella of a mushroom.
The researcher's job was saved by the umbrella of academic freedom.
The fighters provide a defensive air umbrella over the battle group.
The test facility was established under the umbrella of the company's quality program.
An example of umbrella is an insurance policy that provides protection in many situations; an umbrella policy.
An example of an umbrella is what the character Mary Poppins holds while she's floating in the air in the film Mary Poppins.
An example of an umbrella is a pricing policy that protects the consumer against paying too much; a price umbrella.
- The body of a jellyfish.
- Any comprehensive, protective organization, alliance, strategy, or device.The umbrella of insurance.
- A force of military aircraft sent up to screen ground or naval forces.Air umbrella.
Other Word Forms
Origin of umbrella
- Italian ombrella from Late Latin umbrella alteration (influenced by umbra shade) of Latin umbella parasol umbel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition