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



BrE BrE//ˈsɪməli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪməli//
[countable, uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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a word or phrase that compares something to something else, using the words like or as, for example a face like a mask or as white as snow; the use of such words and phrases The General liked to apply military similes to a very wide variety of matters. the writer’s use of simile compare metaphor See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin, neuter of similis ‘like’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: simile