umpire

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sport
ldoce_344_dumpireum‧pire1 /ˈʌmpaɪə $ -paɪr/ ●○○ noun [countable] DSDSthe person who makes sure that the players obey the rules in sports such as tennis, baseball, and cricketreferee
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umpireMack was thrown out of the game for hitting an umpire.An umpire was appointed to determine the rent of a mill.I yelled and I screamed at umpires, at everybody, and they all jumped back.Every man was his own umpire.I thought he was out, but the umpire called him safe.A case requiring action by the umpire before the batsman needed to correct the wicket?He was chosen as one of the umpires in a musical contest between Apollo and Pan.
Related topics: Sport
umpireumpire2 verb [intransitive, transitive] DSto be the umpire in a game or competition
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umpireOr what about the Bosporus; the last traditional boat used to umpire the races at the regatta.At their request he umpired their boat-races on the River Wear.
Origin umpire1 (1500-1600) a numpire, mistaken for an umpire; numpire umpire from Old French nonper not equal, from non- + per equal (from Latin par)