/ˈæləˌgɔri, -ˌgoʊri/ [al-uh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]
–noun, plural -ries.
- a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
- a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
- emblem (def. 3).
1350–1400; ME allegorie < L allēgoria < Gk allēgoría, deriv. of allēgoreîn to speak so as to imply something other. See allo-, agora; Gk agoreúein to speak, proclaim, orig. meant to act (e.g., speak) in the assembly
2. fable, parable.