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 In Kitamura’s books, career is frequently a metonym for character. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 24 July 2021 In so many ways, golf serves as a metonym for power. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, 17 June 2021 Within a year, its name was a metonym for excellence in the art of raw fish. Pete Wells, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 1 Apr. 2019 But to people who live in Washington, D.C., the Watergate is more than a metonym. Rachel Kurzius, Curbed, 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, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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“Metonym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metonym. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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