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"umbrella" in British English

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umbrellanoun [C]

uk   /ʌmˈbrel.ə/  us   /ʌmˈbrel.ə/
  • umbrella noun [C] (DEVICE)

A2 a ​device for ​protection against the ​rain, consisting of a ​stick with a ​foldingframecovered in ​material at one end and usually a ​handle at the other, or a ​similar, often ​larger, ​device used for ​protection against the ​sun: I ​felt a few ​drops of ​rain, so I put my umbrella up. I ​left my umbrella on the ​busyesterday. a ​folding umbrella

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  • umbrella noun [C] (GROUP)

something that ​includes or ​represents a ​group or ​range of ​similar things: He ​runs a ​group of ​companies under the umbrella of Universal Foods. The Organization of ​Islamic Conference is an umbrella organizationrepresenting 57 ​Muslimnations. Existentialism was really an umbrella term to ​lump together the ​works of several ​philosophers and ​writers.
(Definition of umbrella from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"umbrella" in American English

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umbrellanoun [C]

 us   /ʌmˈbrel·ə/
a ​cover that ​protects from ​rain or ​sun, esp. ​waterproofmaterialfitted on a ​foldingframe with a ​handle at one end: A ​figurecarrying an ​open umbrella ​walkedslowly through the ​rain.
An umbrella is also something that ​includes a ​number of ​similar things: an umbrella ​term an umbrella ​organization
(Definition of umbrella from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"umbrella" in Business English

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umbrellanoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ʌmˈbrelə/
something that ​includes or ​represents a ​group or ​range of similar things: They ​provide an umbrella of ​workforcedevelopmentservices. An awful lot of ​damage is done under the umbrella of ecotourism.
(Definition of umbrella from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “umbrella”
in Korean 우산…
in Arabic مِظَلّة…
in Malaysian payung…
in French parapluie…
in Russian зонт…
in Chinese (Traditional) 器具, 傘, 雨傘…
in Italian ombrello…
in Turkish şemsiye…
in Polish parasol, parasolka…
in Spanish paraguas…
in Vietnamese cái ô…
in Portuguese guarda-chuva…
in Thai ร่ม…
in German der Schirm…
in Catalan paraigua…
in Japanese かさ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 器具, 伞, 雨伞…
in Indonesian payung…
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“umbrella” in British English

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