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

 

allusion

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//əˈluːʒn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈluːʒn//
 
Linguistic devices
 
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[countable, uncountable] allusion (to somebody/something) (formal) something that is said or written that refers to or mentions another person or subject in an indirect way (= alludes to it) His statement was seen as an allusion to the recent drug-related killings. Her poetry is full of obscure literary allusion. She was made uncomfortable by his veiled allusion to the previous night. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a pun, metaphor, or parable): from French, or from late Latin allusio(n-), from the verb alludere, from ad- ‘towards’ + ludere ‘to play’.
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