A figurative or symbolical reference
- driving guide or indirect mention
- A figurative or symbolical reference.
- A reference to some thing supposed to be known, although not explicitly mentioned; a covert sign; indirect guide; a hint.
A reference to something said to be understood, but not clearly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
1540s, from Latin allusionem (nominative allusio) "a playing with, a reference to," noun of action from previous participle stem of alludere (see allude). An allusion is never an outright or specific mention of the person or thing the speaker seems to have at heart.
allusion [on historical occasions, literary texts or music works]
(letter.) A figurative or symbolical reference.
- (n.) A reference to something supposed to be understood, not explicitly pointed out; a covert indicator; indirect reference; a hint.
This is the only allusion I have read to the possibility that the sources of literature, varied and infinite as they seem now, may sometime be exhausted.