from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of alluding; indirect reference: Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion.
- n. An instance of indirect reference: an allusion to classical mythology in a poem. See Usage Note at allude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figurative or symbolical reference.
- n. A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A play upon words; a pun.
- n. A symbolical reference or comparison; a metaphor.
- n. A passing or casual reference; a slight or incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication; a hint or reference used by way of illustration, suggestion, or insinuation: as, a classical allusion; an allusion to a person's misconduct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. passing reference or indirect mention
Late Latin allūsiō, allūsiōn-, a playing with, from Latin allūsus, past participle of allūdere, to play with; see allude.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin allūsiōnem, accusative singular of allūsiō ("the act of playing with"), from allūdō ("play with; allude"), from al-, combining form of ad ("to"), + lūdō ("play"): compare French allusion. (Wiktionary)