umbrella
I. noun Etymology: Italian ombrella, modification of Latin umbella, diminutive of umbra Date: 1611 1. a collapsible shade for protection against weather consisting of fabric stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole; especially a small one for carrying in the hand 2. the bell-shaped or saucer-shaped largely gelatinous structure that forms the chief part of the body of most jellyfishes 3. something which provides protection: as a. defensive air cover (as over a battlefront) b. a heavy barrage 4. something which covers or embraces a broad range of elements or factors <
decided to expand…by building new colleges under a federation umbrella — Diane Ravitch
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II. transitive verb (-laed; -laing) Date: 1834 to protect, cover, or provide with an umbrella

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • umbrella — (n.) c.1600, first attested in Donne s letters, from It. ombrello, from L.L. umbrella, altered (by influence of umbra) from L. umbella sunshade, parasol, dim. of umbra shade, shadow (see UMBRAGE (Cf. umbrage)). A sunshade in the Mediterranean, a… …   Etymology dictionary

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