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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


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The term used, like "referee," for a person appointed by consent to settle disputes arising between opposing parties, and particularly one chosen to see that the rules of a game are obeyed. The word itself stands for the Middle English nompere or noumpere, " a numpere" becoming "an umpire." The earlier form represents the Old French nompere, nonpair, i.e. not equal, odd. The Latin impar, unequal, was similarly used in the sense of "arbitrator."

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Umpire'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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