• (noun) IPA: /ˈæ.lɔɪ/, /əˈlɔɪ/
  • (verb) IPA: /əˈlɔɪ/, /ˈæ.lɔɪ/


  1. A metal that is a combination of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal.
  2. (archaic) A metal of lesser value, mixed with a metal of greater value.
    gold without alloy
    • 1888, Arthur Talbot Vanderbilt, Gold Not Only in Wales, But Also in Great Britain and Ireland: Facts and Figures, page 17
      Many of these coins are preserved at the British Museum, in London, and at the Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford, and are all of pure gold, without alloy, and in a good state of preservation. Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, is also said to have […]
  3. An admixture; something added which stains, taints etc.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 20, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Metrodorus said that in sadnesse there is some aloy of pleasure.
  4. (figurative) Fusion, marriage, combination.
    • 1986, 1987 Year Book
      SETH KITANGE TELEVISION AND RADIO Upheaval at CBS. […] Bill Moyers, a CBS News commentator and special correspondent, expressed his dismay in an interview with Newsweek in which he said, “Television news has never been pure. It has always been an alloy of journalism and show business.”
Translations Verb

alloy (alloys, present participle alloying; past and past participle alloyed)

  1. To mix or combine; often used of metals.
  2. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance.
    to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper
  3. (figurative) To impair or debase by mixture.
    to alloy pleasure with misfortunes

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