WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
al•le•go•ry /ˈæləˌgɔri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. a story or poem in which moral lessons are conveyed through the actions of fictional characters that serve as symbols:[countable]the allegory of the Pied Piper.
  2. [uncountable] the use of allegory in literature.
al•le•gor•i•cal /ˌæləˈgɔrɪkəl, -ˈgɑr-/USA pronunciation   al•le•gor•ic, adj. 
al•le•gor•i•cal•ly, adv. 
al•le•gor•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
al•le•go•ry  (alə gôr′ē, -gōr′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms;
    figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
  2. a symbolical narrative:the allegory ofPiers Plowman.
  3. emblem (def. 3).
  • Greek allēgoría, derivative of allēgoreîn to speak so as to imply something other. See allo-, agora; Greek agoreúein to speak, proclaim, origin, originally meant to act (e.g., speak) in the assembly
  • Latin allēgoria
  • Middle English allegorie 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fable, parable.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

allegory /ˈælɪɡərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. a poem, play, picture, etc, in which the apparent meaning of the characters and events is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning
  2. use of such symbolism to illustrate truth or a moral
  3. anything used as a symbol or emblem
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein to speak figuratively, from allos other + agoreuein to make a speech in public, from agora a public gathering

ˈallegorist n

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