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.

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

Synonyms for allude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of allude

Historical Examples of allude

  • She could not allude to such things without at least a possibility of response.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • When I use the word simplicity, I allude, of course, to everyday cooking.

  • He did not allude by a single word to the affair of the watch.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The construction adopted in the text, might allude to the marriage of Rowena with Vortigern.

    Y Gododin


  • "I don't know to what you allude, Joe," said Mr. Lavender severely.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for allude


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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