- 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