metonym

noun
met·​o·​nym | \ ˈme-tə-ˌnim How to pronounce metonym (audio) \

Definition of metonym

: a word used in metonymy

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And yet the phallus is a dominant symbol of the moment, as metonym for power but also an object of ridicule as gender relations shift. Vogue, "Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside," 1 Apr. 2019 But to people who live in Washington, D.C., the Watergate is more than a metonym. Rachel Kurzius, Curbed, "Watergate is a place, too," 25 Apr. 2018 In Chinese, Xi Shi has become a metonym for beauty. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "China and the Legend of Ivanka," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of metonym

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metonym

back-formation from metonymy

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The first known use of metonym was in 1862

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