Definition of allegory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæləɡəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləɡɔːri//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. allegories) Elements of a play, Types of story
jump to other results
a story, play, picture, etc. in which each character or event is a symbol representing an idea or a quality, such as truth, evil, death, etc.; the use of such symbols a political allegory the poet’s use of allegory see also fable See related entries: Elements of a play, Types of story Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French allegorie, via Latin from Greek allēgoria, from allos ‘other’ + -agoria ‘speaking’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: allegory