metonym

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

Definition of metonym

: a word used in metonymy

Examples of metonym in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within a year, its name was a metonym for excellence in the art of raw fish. Pete Wells, New York Times, "At Sushi Nakazawa, Only the Price Remains the Same," 14 Jan. 2020 This little glass disk designed as corrective eyewear wound up as a comic prop, a universal metonym for wealth and snobbery. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 Hip-hop culture has long been a metonym for the American right wing’s own racist stereotypes about crime in inner cities. Los Angeles Times, "In Sweden, ASAP Rocky, and a country’s identity, stand trial," 6 Aug. 2019 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 Hip-hop culture has long been a metonym for the American right wing’s own racist stereotypes about crime in inner cities. Los Angeles Times, "In Sweden, ASAP Rocky, and a country’s identity, stand trial," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Metonym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metonym. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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