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A word that groups other words into a single common category.
In terms of race in America "black" is an umbrella term for African-American, Jamaican, Igbo, etc. Even though these people are different, to the general public they fall under the umbrella term, "black".
by Urban Suzie February 21, 2012
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1) a nicer word for words like gay, etc

2) a way to tell little children about things you don´t want them to know
A: You´re gay!
B: No I´m queer.
A: That´s just an umbrella term, fag.
by potplant December 23, 2008
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