Definitions for allusionəˈlu ʒən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•lu•sionəˈlu ʒən(n.)

  1. a passing or casual reference to something, either directly or implied:

    an allusion to Shakespeare.

  2. the act of alluding.

Origin of allusion:

1540–50; < LL allūsiō <allūd(ere) (see allude )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. allusion(noun)

    passing reference or indirect mention


  1. allusion(Noun)

    An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.

  2. Origin: From allusionem, accusative singular of allusio, from alludo, from al-, combining form of ad, + ludo: compare allusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allusion(noun)

    a figurative or symbolical reference

  2. Allusion(noun)

    a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint


  1. Allusion

    An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or a representation of, people, places, events, literary work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the act of making) a mention or reference

The prime minister made no allusion to the war in his speech.

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