I. verb — [no obj.] ( allude to) 1. suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at • she had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name.
2. mention without discussing at length • we will allude briefly to the main points.
3. (of an artist or a work of art) recall (an earlier work or style) in such a way as to suggest a relationship with it. • the photographs allude to Italian Baroque painting.
– origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘hint at, suggest’): from Latin allus-, alludere, from ad- ‘towards’ + ludere ‘to play’.