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



BrE BrE//ˌɒnəˌmætəˈpiːə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːnəˌmætəˈpiːə//
[uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the fact of words containing sounds similar to the noises they describe, for example hiss; the use of words like this in a piece of writing Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originlate 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia ‘word-making’, from onoma, onomat- ‘name’ + -poios ‘making’ (from poiein ‘to make’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: onomatopoeia