- The definition of an allusion is a statement that hints at something rather than being direct.
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.
- the act of alluding
- an indirect reference; casual mention
Origin of allusionLate Latin allusio, a playing with ; from allusus, past participle of alludere: see allude
- The act of alluding; indirect reference: Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion.
- An instance of indirect reference: an allusion to classical mythology in a poem.
Origin of allusionLate Latin allūsiō, allūsiōn-, a playing with, from Latin allūsus, past participle of allūdere, to play with; see allude.