- The definition of an allegory is a story in which people, things or happenings have a symbolic meaning.
Aesop's Fables are an example of an allegory.
An example of allegory would be Aesop's Fables.
- a story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning: allegories are used for teaching or explaining ideas, moral principles, etc.
- the presenting of ideas by means of such stories
- any symbol or emblem
Origin of allegoryMiddle English allegorie ; from Classical Latin allegoria ; from Classical Greek allēgoria, description of one thing under the image of another ; from allos, other (see else) + agoreuein, to speak in assembly ; from agora, agora
- a. The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.b. A story, picture, or play employing such representation. John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick are allegories.
- A symbolic representation: The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.
Origin of allegoryMiddle English allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein, to interpret allegorically : allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots + agoreuein, to speak publicly (from agorā, marketplace; see ger- in Indo-European roots).
early 1790s self-portrait by Angelica Kaufmann (1741–1807) entitled The Artist Hesitating Between the Arts of Music and Painting
From Middle English allegorie, from Old French allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Ancient Greek ἀλληγορία (allēgoria), from ἄλλος (allos, “other”) + ἀγορεύω (agoreuō, “I speak”)