• (cricket) One of the two white-coated officials who preside over a cricket match.
  • (Australian rules football) A match official on the ground deciding and enforcing the rules during play. As of 2007 the Australian Football League uses 3, or in the past 2 or just 1. The other officials, the goal umpires and boundary umpires, are normally not called just umpires alone.
  • (tennis) The official who presides over a tennis game sat on a high chair.
  • (American football) The official who stands behind the line on the defensive side.

    "The umpire must keep on his toes as the play often occurs around him."

  • (baseball) One of usually 4 officials who preside over a baseball game.

    "The umpire called the pitch a strike."

  • (law) A person who arbitrates between contending parties


  • (transitive) To decide as an umpire; to arbitrate; to settle (a dispute, etc.).
  • (sports, intransitive) To act as an umpire in a game.

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