[ uh-lood ]
/ əˈlud /

verb (used without object), al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing.

to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion (usually followed by to): He often alluded to his poverty.
to contain a casual or indirect reference (usually followed by to): The letter alludes to something now forgotten.

Nearby words

  1. allright,
  2. allseed,
  3. allspice,
  4. allston,
  5. allston, washington,
  6. allure,
  7. allurement,
  8. alluring,
  9. alluringly,
  10. allusion

Origin of allude

1525–35; < Latin allūdere to play beside, make a playful allusion to, equivalent to al- al- + lūdere to play

Related formspre·al·lude, verb (used without object), pre·al·lud·ed, pre·al·lud·ing.

Can be confusedallowed allude aloud elude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allude


/ (əˈluːd) /

verb (intr foll by to)

to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
(loosely) to mention

Word Origin for allude

C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game


Avoid confusion with elude

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Word Origin and History for allude



1530s, "mock," from Middle French alluder or directly from Latin alludere "to play, sport, joke, jest," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Meaning "make an indirect reference, point in passing" is from 1570s. Related: Alluded; alluding.

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