extending or repeated over the entire surface, as a decorative pattern.


a fabric with an allover pattern.

Origin of allover

First recorded in 1570–80; all + over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allover

Historical Examples of allover

  • This is Portuguese allover—indolence, piousness, poverty, impotence.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Stripes in this sample group either border the edge of the cloth or make an allover pattern.

  • Engaged in the earlier years of the music business was Woodworth, Allover & Co.

    Sixty Years of California Song

    Margaret Blake-Alverson

  • Woodworth, Allover & Co. dealt mostly in imported French pianos and harmoniums.

    Sixty Years of California Song

    Margaret Blake-Alverson

  • The gondolas multiplied and spotted it allover; every gondola and gondolier looking, at a distance, precisely like every other.

    Italian Hours

    Henry James