Definition of Metonym

1. Noun. A word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing. "Plastic is a metonym for credit card"

Generic synonyms: Word
Derivative terms: Metonymic, Metonymical



Definition of Metonym

1. Noun. A word that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object; a word used in metonymy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Metonym

1. a word used in metonymy [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Metonym

metisses
metlegoglobin reductase
metmyoglobin
metoclopramide
metoclopramide hydrochloride
metocurine
metocurine iodide
metoecious
metoestrus
metol
metolachlor
metolazone
metols
metonic
metonomy
metonym (current term)
metonymic
metonymical
metonymically
metonymies
metonymous
metonymously
metonyms
metonymy
metoo
metopae
metopagus
metope
metopes
metopic

Literary usage of Metonym

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1. The Ancient Lowly: A History of the Ancient Working People from the Earliest by Cyrenus Osborne Ward (1900)
"... Rings—New Light on His Assassination—Three Thousand Members in his Union —The Murder Broke it Up—Stephen was a First Class Business Man—The metonym. ..."

2. English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by William Carew Hazlitt (1907)
"A metonym for poverty, used by Randolph in his Hey for Honesty, 1651, or rather perhaps by FJ, the editor of that posthumous ..."

3. Essay on the Archaeology of Our Popular Phrases: Terms and Nursery Rhymes by John Bellenden Ker (1840)
"Hye eng/e eed, sounds hanged, which is not the metonym of hang'd in these purposed travesties, any more than drowned is of ..."

4. Bulletin of the New York Botanical Garden by New York Botanical Garden (1908)
"526 (metonym). 1879. Type, Coprinus clavatus (Batt.) Fries. (Syll. 5 : 1080. ... Ench. Fung, in (metonym). 1886. ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by John Oswald, Joseph Thomas, James Lynd, John Miller Keagy (1868)
"... or metonym'ic, a. ... a. anto?iom'asy, n. metonym'ical, ... n. homon'ymy, n. metonym'ically, ad. ..."

6. Clavis Novi Testamenti philologica by Christian Abraham Wahl (1843)
"mine metonym. res vel persona, in qua conspici- tur ... Luc. metonym. potent. vel: га; ..."

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