March 12, 2022

Bumbershoot /Broad·street / adj. 

Definition: Bumbershoot is a slang term with unknown origins. We often use this term to describe an umbrella. Bumbershoot is also the name of an annual international music and arts festival held in Seattle, Washington. The yearly Bumbershoot festival takes place on the grounds of the 1976 World’s Fair and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Etymology: We first see the use of the word bumbershoot in the English language in the late 1800s. It was used in the United States after 1876. 

While the original source of the word remains a mystery, Etymologists believe the word came from combining the words umbrella and parachute. The next time we see the word, it’s used to refer to the annual music and arts festival that happens annually in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Bumbershoot festival made its original debut in 1971 and still continues to operate today.

In a Sentence

The clown used a brightly colored bumbershoot to delight the circus audience.

Don’t leave home without your bumbershoot when it’s raining cats and dogs.

The annual Bumbershoot festival featured some of my favorite bands and recording artists.


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