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The Word "Umbrella"

R.K. Sadler continues his series called Interesting Origins.  This time he tells us about the derivation of the word "umbrella".

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Interesting Origins — R.K. Sadler


The Latin word for “a shade” is umbra and in the Mediterranean countries umbrellas were used mainly as a protection against the sun. The ending of umbrella, ella, means “little” and so an umbrella literally means, “a little shade”.

Note that in modern times and in cooler countries, the umbrella is thought of as a useful implement to protect a person against the rain.

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