An umbrella is the gizmo used to protect yourself from rain or sun. An umbrella can also be something that groups similar things, like an umbrella organization that protects and serves many smaller organizations.

An umbrella is that lightweight, collapsible cover that’s handy on a rainy day. People also use umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. Since an umbrella covers people and things, umbrella is also a metaphor for something that brings unity. An umbrella agency brings together other smaller and related agencies. An umbrella term can be applied to many concepts. To bring things together in this way is to umbrella, as in “The merger umbrellas several companies.”

Definitions of umbrella
  1. noun
    a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
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    brolly, gamp
    colloquial terms for an umbrella
    type of:
    a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    conjugation, jointure, unification, union, uniting
    the act of making or becoming a single unit
  3. noun
    a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets
    “an air umbrella over England”
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    type of:
    defence, defense, defensive measure
    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  4. adjective
    covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups
    “an umbrella organization”
    umbrella insurance coverage”
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
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