from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make an indirect reference: The candidate alluded to the recent war by saying, "We've all made sacrifices.”
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly mentioned; -- followed by to.
- transitive v. To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To play with or make game of.
- To compare.
- To make an allusion; refer casually or indirectly: with to (formerly also unto).
- To pun; have a punning reference.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a more or less disguised reference to
Latin allūdere, to play with : ad-, ad- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, game; see leid- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French alluder, from Latin alludere ("to play with or allude"), from ad + ludere ("to play"). (Wiktionary)