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 adjective
— al·lu·sive·ly adverb
— al·lu·sive·ness noun
Examples of ALLUSION
- The lyrics contain biblical allusions.
- She made allusion to her first marriage.
- 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: 1548
Reproduced with thanks to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.