allotment

noun

al·​lot·​ment ə-ˈlät-mənt How to pronounce allotment (audio)
1
: the act of allotting something : apportionment
The allotment of a full page in the newspaper to each candidate is fair.
2
: something that is allotted
an allotment of time
especially, chiefly British : a plot of land let to an individual for cultivation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Utah hunters were already on notice that should this trend continue, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may cut Utah’s allotment of swan permits, currently set at 2,750. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 In August, the Interior Department announced what’s officially called a Tier 2a shortage; the shortage means that Arizona’s water allotment for next year will be cut by almost two hundred billion gallons and Nevada’s by eight billion gallons. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 The district has requested 20% of its $56.1 million ESSER III allotment, state data show. Lauren Lumpkin And Sahana Jayaraman, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2022 My allotment of eclipses is over and done, finished, just like my chance to ride that kid’s horse. Rachel Kushner, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 The allotment is the largest dating to 2009 for a program that has undergone multiple name and emphasis changes during the presidential administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Terry Wang And David A. Lieb, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2022 The allotment is the largest dating to 2009 for a program that has undergone multiple name and emphasis changes during the presidential administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2022 For the next three quarters of a solar year, our daylight allotment will be less. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 After eight hours of wrestling with the TreasuryDirect website, Mr. Erat purchased his $10,000 I Bond allotment. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Anglo-French alotement, from aloter "to allot" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of allotment was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Allotment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allotment. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

allotment

noun

al·​lot·​ment ə-ˈlät-mənt How to pronounce allotment (audio)
1
: the act of allotting
2
: something allotted

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