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metonymy

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noun me·ton·y·my \mə-ˈtä-nə-mē\

Definition of metonymy

plural me·ton·y·mies

  1. :  a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another of which it is an attribute or with which it is associated (as “crown” in “lands belonging to the crown”)

met·o·nym·ic play \ˌme-tə-ˈni-mik\ or met·o·nym·i·cal play \-mi-kəl\ adjective


Origin of metonymy

Latin metonymia, from Greek metōnymia, from meta- + -ōnymon -onym


First Known Use: 1547

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