noun \ə-ˈlü-zhən\

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

  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
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Origin of ALLUSION

Late Latin allusion-, allusio, from Latin alludere (see allude)

First Known Use: 1548
Reproduced with thanks to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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