Definition of umpire in English:

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umpire

Pronunciation: /ˈəmˌpī(ə)r/

noun

1(In some sports) an official who watches a game or match closely to enforce the rules and arbitrate on matters arising from the play.
Example sentences
  • But the point here is that such a play does not give umpires the mandate to reverse any call.
  • The primary purpose of UIS, he says, is to serve as a training tool, giving umpires objective feedback.
  • Hoy is often credited as the reason umpires adopted hand signals for safe, out, and strike calls, which would make for a nice little niche in baseball history.
Synonyms
1.1A person chosen to arbitrate between contending parties.
Example sentences
  • The second great purpose of the monarchy is to be available as an impartial umpire above party when the nation is split by a constitutional crisis.
  • In the event the two arbitrators fail to agree on an umpire either party shall have the right to submit the matter to the Canadian Arbitration Association.
  • Before things escalated Monday, umpires got in the middle of the scrum.

verb

[no object]
1Act as an umpire.
Example sentences
  • He was considered so good at the job he was requested to stop playing and concentrate on full-time umpiring some years back.
  • I think a larger strike zone up and down would make it a better game, but umpires have been umpiring the same way for 20 years.
  • From a playing point of view, it's always been my belief that you get the standard of umpiring you deserve.
1.1 [with object] Act as umpire in (a game or match).
Example sentences
  • Linda Barker chose the school's head of girls games to umpire a rounders match.
  • He is standing in his 12th Test match and has umpired 62 one-day internationals.
  • Nigel Iggo, an international umpire from Christchurch who last month umpired both finals at four-nation tournaments in Australia, said umpires had been using the interpretation for some time.
Synonyms
referee, adjudicate, arbitrate, judge, moderate, oversee, officiate
informal ref, ump

Derivatives

umpirage

Pronunciation: /ˈəmˌpī(ə)rij/
noun
Example sentences
  • Nations without that umpirage are in the condition of a population without government.
  • The invention relates to a whistle for use in umpirage of athletic games and in security jobs including guiding and signaling to gathering people.
  • There he spoke eloquently ‘of cultivating general friendship, and of bringing collisions of interest to the umpirage of reason rather than of force.’

umpireship

Pronunciation: /-ˌSHip/
noun

Origin

Late Middle English (originally as noumpere) (denoting an arbitrator): from Old French nonper 'not equal'. The n was lost by wrong division of a noumpere; compare with adder1.

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  • pair from Middle English:

    Pair comes from Latin paria ‘equal things’, formed from par ‘equal’. Latin par also lies behind compare (Late Middle English) ‘to pair with, bring together’; disparage (Middle English) originally ‘a mis-pairing especially in marriage’, later ‘to discredit’; nonpareil (Late Middle English) ‘not equalled’ (taken directly from the French); par (late 16th century) ‘equal’, a golfing term from L19th; parity [L16] ‘equalness’; peer (Middle English) ‘equal’; and umpire (Middle English) originally noumpere, from the same source as nonpareil, because an umpire is above all the players. A noumpere was later re-interpreted as ‘an umpire’ and the initial ‘n’ was lost.

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Syllabification: um·pire

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