1. the act of allotting.
  2. a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
  3. (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.
  4. British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.


  1. the act of allotting; apportionment
  2. a portion or amount allotted
  3. British a small piece of usually public land rented by an individual for cultivation

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.

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