[ uh-lot-muhnt ]
/ 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 formsmis·al·lot·ment, nounnon·al·lot·ment, nounpro·al·lot·ment, adjectivere·al·lot·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allotment


/ (əˈlɒtmənt) /


the act of allotting; apportionment
a portion or amount allotted
British 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