Definition of allotment in English:


Line breaks: al¦lot|ment
Pronunciation: /əˈlɒtm(ə)nt


  • 1British A plot of land rented by an individual for growing vegetables or flowers.
    More example sentences
    • Some of them have nice gardens at home for flowers, and want the allotments to grow vegetables.
    • The couple have grown vegetables on two allotments on the Pickards Field site behind their home for 11 years.
    • As newlyweds in the 1940s, the couple had rented a small allotment and grown potatoes, cabbages and salad crops, to help enrich their restricted diet amid post-war rationing.
    rented plot/land/garden
  • 1.1US , chiefly • historical A piece of land made over by the government to an American Indian.
    More example sentences
    • After Ojibwa families took their allotments, unallotted land on reservations was then sold to the public.
    • Other measures, most notably the Burke Act of 1906, allowed Indians to sell their allotments.
    • For the Choctaws in Oklahoma, allotment proved to be disastrous.

More definitions of allotment

Definition of allotment in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little