|Meaning:||a collapsible shade|
|Related Names:||Bumbershoot, Parasol|
The name Umbrella traces back to the Latin umbra, meaning "shade." The word first appeared in 17th century Italian as ombrello, and referred to a sunshade. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Umbrella had gained its modern usage in the English language by the late 17th century. Earlier forms included "Umbrellaes," "Umbrelloes" and "Umbrellia."
The basic concept of the Umbrella as a sunshade and a rain protector has been around for more than a thousand years. Umbrellas featuring steel ribs were invented in 1852 by Samuel Fox, and the compact collapsible Umbrella was invented in the 1950s.
- Bumbershoot: Take the umbre from umbrella, and the chute from parachute. Combine them and give it a more phonetic spelling, and you've got the name Bumbershoot! Bumbershoot is an American slang word. The Oxford English Dictionary claims that it first appeared in writing in the year 1896, so it was probably in use a few years before that. Other variations, such as Bumbersol and Bumberell were also common at one point.
- Parasol: A parasol is usually a lighter-weight umbrella designed to block the sun but not to protect from the rain. This term comes from the Italian parasole, from parare, meaning "to shield" and sole meaning "sun."
- Brolly, Brollies: Slang term for umbrella common in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. It probably derived from shortening Umbrella to Brella, which morphed into Brelly and eventually into Brolly.
- Gamp: This is British slang for an umbrella, especially a large baggy one. This term is taken from the character Mrs. Sarah Gamp from the Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, who is known for always carrying her umbrella.
- Hanway: An 18th century term used by English gentlemen. The name comes from Jonas Hanway, a Persian writer who carried an Umbrella and is said to have made the accessory acceptable for men to carry.
- The metal or rubber tip on the end of an umbrella is called a "ferrule.
- The main outer body of a Jellyfish is called an umbrella.
- The first Umbrella shop, James Smith and Sons, opened in London in 1830.
- To be "under the umbrella of" something is an idiom meaning to be under a particular authority or to be included in a grouping.
- "Umbrella": hit song by Rihanna
- Umbrella Corporation: fictional company in the Resident Evil video game series
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|Meaning||a collapsible shade +|
|Meaningnc||a collapsible shade +|
|Origin||Latin +, Italian +, and English +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Bumbershoot +, and Parasol +|