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[uh-lot-muh nt] /əˈlɒt mənt/
the act of allotting.
a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
(in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company.
British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.
Origin of allotment
1565-75; allot + -ment; compare French allotement
Related forms
misallotment, noun
nonallotment, noun
proallotment, adjective
reallotment, noun
2. measure, lot, ration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He heaved many a sigh, as he waited for Rob to tell him that the first of his allotment was sufficiently browned to be devoured.

  • On the allotment of provinces, Sicily fell to him, with power to cross into Africa if he pleased.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • All this William and I took in for three unbroken weeks, my usual summer allotment on the Thames.

  • There is scarcely an end to the benefits of the allotment system.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Distribution of fire; allotment of target to platoon leaders.

  • The abbreviation of allotment, or allowance to wife or mother.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The thing went to allotment shorn of his peculiar magnetism.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • With many others who desired an allotment of the bonds, I was present.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • And nature has not been in a stingy mood when weighing out their allotment of brains!

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
British Dictionary definitions for allotment


the act of allotting; apportionment
a portion or amount allotted
(Brit) a small piece of usually public land rented by an individual for cultivation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for allotment

1570s, "action of allotting," from Middle French allotement, from Old French aloter (see allot). Or else a native formation from allot + -ment. Meaning "portion assigned to someone or some purpose" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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