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Alure \Al"ure\, n. [OF. alure, aleure, walk, gait, fr. aler (F. aller) to go.] A walk or passage; -- applied to passages of various kinds.

The sides of every street were covered with fresh alures of marble.
--T. Warton.


n. A walk or passage.


An alure (O. Fr., from aller, "to walk") or allure is an architectural term for an alley, passage, the water-way or flat gutter behind a parapet, the galleries of a clerestory, or sometimes even the aisle itself of a church. The term is occasionally written valure or valoring. It may also be used to refer to a wall-walk on a castle wall.

Usage examples of "alure".

For Paks, this was the meat of it: whose side had Alured been on from the beginning?

She did not see the end, when Alured himself ran a spear into each man.

She could see Alured riding behind his soldiers as they tried to stop those in the rear.

The mercenaries did not participate in the executions and tortures, but they all knew that without them Alured lacked the troops to force so many towns.

Then it occurred to him that his cousin, Sir Alured was in town, and that he had better see his cousin before he came to any decision.

Sir Alured Wharton was a baronet, with a handsome old family place on the Wye, in Hertfordshire, whose forefathers had been baronets since baronets were first created, and whose earlier forefathers had lived at Wharton Hall much before that time.

It may be imagined, therefore, that Sir Alured was proud of his name, of his estate, and of his rank.

Sir Alured Wharton of Wharton Hall should live made those struggles very ineffective.

But the Evil One had been allowed to prevail, and everything had gone astray, and Sir Alured now had nothing of this world to console him but a hazy retrospect of past glories, and a delight in the beauty of his own river, his own park, and his own house.

Sir Alured, with all his foibles, and with all his faults, was a pure-minded, simple gentleman, who could not tell a lie, who could not do a wrong, and who was earnest in his desire to make those who were dependent on him comfortable, and, if possible, happy.

Perhaps it was with some unconscious dread of this tedium that he made a sudden suggestion to Sir Alured in reference to Dresden.

Sir Alured had come to him at his chambers, and the two old men were sitting together near the open window.

Sir Alured felt that he had not as yet begun even to approach the difficult subject.

There had been a haymaking harvest-home which was supposed to give special occasion for mirth, as Sir Alured farmed the land around the park himself, and was great in hay.

Both Mr Wharton and Sir Alured felt that this might be very well at Longbarns, though it could hardly be afforded at Wharton.