Definition of metonymy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɒnəmi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːnəmi//
[uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the act of referring to something by the name of something else that is closely connected with it, for example using the White House for the US president Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek metōnumia, literally ‘change of name’.
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