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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
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  • Or I could make them over to a limited company, and join the board after allotment.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • There are now allotment associations in many parts of the country.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • The shares fell mighty low in the allotment, Davy; how was that?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Having his own allotment of land, he was in a much larger sense a human being.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The allotment of Rabirius Faustus is the only one known entirely.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • But is the allotment correct and the reward proportioned by his efforts?

  • The goal is not any kind of division of income or allotment of property.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • Her master was white but he had married into de Nation and so she got a freedmen's allotment too.

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

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
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
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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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