American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A region of central Italy in the Apennines. Occupied by the Umbrians in ancient times, it later fell to the Etruscans and then the Romans (c. 300 B.C.). After passing to various powers, Umbria came under the control of the papacy in the 16th century and joined the kingdom of Sardinia in 1860.
- n. A region of central Italy.
- n. a mountainous region in central Italy
“On our last trip to Italy, truffle cheese and Castelluccio lentils from Norcia in Umbria were my favorite purchases.”
“Even if today Umbria is siphoning tourists from Tuscany, who think they are discovering the very discovered Spoleto and Gubbio and Todi, large tracts of the region will be virtually empty whenever you visit.”
“The food of Umbria is simpler than that of any of the surrounding regions.”
“In autumn the mystic landscape of Umbria is at its best by Corby Kummer”
“The second battle was fought near Fano in Umbria; on the spot which, five hundred years before, had been fatal to the brother of”
“This isn’t good for people who long to buy that simple but great Sangiovese they found in Umbria — or for people who are curious about wine but uncertain of their tastes.”
“She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley prize for poetry, and has had residences at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and at the Christian Woman’s University in Tokyo.”
“A company called Umbria, for example, classifies blogs by gender and age before skimming them for useful market data.”
“Separately, the San Marino bank claims that those notes included CDO debt pools -- made more complex because the pools were backed by other CDOs -- called Umbria II and Como and Como II.”
“We passed through part of Spoleto, the capital of Umbria, which is a pretty large city.”
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