noun al·lu·sion \ə-ˈlü-zhən\

: a statement that refers to something without mentioning it directly

Full Definition of ALLUSION

:  an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also :  the use of such references
:  the act of making an indirect reference to something :  the act of alluding to something
al·lu·sive \-ˈlü-siv, -ziv\ adjective
al·lu·sive·ly adverb
al·lu·sive·ness noun

Examples of ALLUSION

  1. The lyrics contain biblical allusions.
  2. She made allusion to her first marriage.
  3. There are lots of literary echoes and allusions in the novel, but they don't do anything for the tired texture of the prose. —Tony Tanner, New York Times Book Review, 6 Apr. 1997

Origin of ALLUSION

Late Latin allusion-, allusio, from Latin alludere (see allude)
First Known Use: 1612

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
ALLUSIVELY Defined for Kids


noun al·lu·sion \ə-ˈlü-zhən\

Definition of ALLUSION for Kids

:  a statement that refers to something without mentioning it directly


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