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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 al·le·go·ry /ˈæləˌgori, ˌgɔr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Al·le·go·ry n.; pl. Allegories
 1. A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.
 2. Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.
 3. Paint. & Sculpt. A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.
 Syn: -- Metaphor; fable.
 Usage: -- Allegory, Parable. “An allegory differs both from fable and parable, in that the properties of persons are fictitiously represented as attached to things, to which they are as it were transferred.  . . . A figure of Peace and Victory crowning some historical personage is an allegory. “I am the Vine, ye are the branches” [--John xv. 1-6] is a spoken allegory. In the parable there is no transference of properties. The parable of the sower [--Matt. xiii. 3-23] represents all things as according to their proper nature. In the allegory quoted above the properties of the vine and the relation of the branches are transferred to the person of Christ and His apostles and disciples.”
 Note: An allegory is a prolonged metaphor. Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress” and Spenser's “Faërie Queene” are celebrated examples of the allegory.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a short moral story (often with animal characters) [syn: fable,
            parable, apologue]
      2: a visible symbol representing an abstract idea [syn: emblem]
      3: an expressive style that uses fictional characters and
         events to describe some subject by suggestive
         resemblances; an extended metaphor

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    used only in Gal. 4:24, where the apostle refers to the history
    of Isaac the free-born, and Ishmael the slave-born, and makes
    use of it allegorically.
      Every parable is an allegory. Nathan (2 Sam. 12:1-4) addresses
    David in an allegorical narrative. In the eightieth Psalm there
    is a beautiful allegory: "Thou broughtest a vine out of Egypt,"
    etc. In Eccl. 12:2-6, there is a striking allegorical
    description of old age.