The definition of an allusion is a statement that hints at something rather than being direct.(noun)
Saying to someone, "boy you look really tired, have you been getting enough sleep" instead of telling someone they look old because of wrinkles under their eyes is an example of an allusion.
See allusion in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: LL allusio, a playing with < allusus, pp. of alludere: see allude
See allusion in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Late Latin allūsiō, allūsiōn-, a playing with
Origin: , from Latin allūsus
Origin: , past participle of allūdere, to play with; see allude.
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