Meaning of Umbrian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʌmbrɪən/


  • Relating to Umbria, its people, or their languages.

    ‘The town is brimming with charm, and Antonello and I already discussed how we would return there, and with whom - eager to share our newly discovered Umbrian treasure.’
    • ‘You choose grilled figs and Umbrian cheese wrapped in prosciutto, both skewered on rosemary sprigs.’
    • ‘The medieval history of this Umbrian hill town is rich and complex.’
    • ‘Formed in 2001 and comprising of the celebrated Umbrian clarinettist Gabriele Mirabassi, accordionist Luciano Biondini and the brilliant Michel Godard on tuba, their delightful sound is certainly a unique blend of musical cultures.’
    • ‘It wasn't the relaxing six weeks in the Umbrian countryside that you would think.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Umbria, especially in pre-Roman times.

    ‘The Ethereals settled in mid-Wherrem (at least most of them) and the Umbrians had disappeared from the map, their whereabouts a total mystery (but they were reputed as being a mysterious people).’
    • ‘About 11OO B.C. Nordics enter Italy as Umbrians and Oscans, and soon after cross the Rhine into Gaul.’
    • ‘The Umbrians, together with the Oscans and the Faliscans, settled in a large area in central Italy.’
    • ‘And here we will take leave of the Umbrians and pass northward into the great plains of Emilia and Lombardy.’
    • ‘The Umbrians dress their salads, cooked vegetables, meats, and toasted breads with this wonderful olive oil.’
  • 2mass noun An extinct Italic language of central Italy, related to Oscan and surviving in inscriptions mainly of the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.

    ‘The Romans, with seven cases, began their expansionist career by defeating speakers of other Italic languages, such as Faliscan, Oscan, and Umbrian, all of which had the same or fewer cases.’
    • ‘they speak a mixture of Umbrian, a language which is far older than Roman, Latin and Italian.’