Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[uh-lot-muh nt] /əˈlɒt mənt/
the act of allotting.
a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
(in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company.
British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.
Origin of allotment
1565-75; allot + -ment; compare French allotement
Related forms
misallotment, noun
nonallotment, noun
proallotment, adjective
reallotment, noun
2. measure, lot, ration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for allotment
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He heaved many a sigh, as he waited for Rob to tell him that the first of his allotment was sufficiently browned to be devoured.

  • On the allotment of provinces, Sicily fell to him, with power to cross into Africa if he pleased.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • All this William and I took in for three unbroken weeks, my usual summer allotment on the Thames.

  • There is scarcely an end to the benefits of the allotment system.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Distribution of fire; allotment of target to platoon leaders.

  • The abbreviation of allotment, or allowance to wife or mother.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The thing went to allotment shorn of his peculiar magnetism.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • With many others who desired an allotment of the bonds, I was present.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • And nature has not been in a stingy mood when weighing out their allotment of brains!

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
British Dictionary definitions for allotment


the act of allotting; apportionment
a portion or amount allotted
(Brit) a small piece of usually public land rented by an individual for cultivation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for allotment

1570s, "action of allotting," from Middle French allotement, from Old French aloter (see allot). Or else a native formation from allot + -ment. Meaning "portion assigned to someone or some purpose" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for allotment

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for allotment