An example of a metaphor is calling the dependable father a rock.
Origin of metaphorFrench métaphore from Classical Latin metaphora from Classical Greek from metapherein, to carry over from meta, over (see meta-) + pherein, to bear
- A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world's a stage” ( Shakespeare )
- One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: “Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven” ( Neal Gabler )
Origin of metaphorMiddle English methaphor from Old French metaphore from Latin metaphora from Greek transference, metaphor from metapherein to transfer meta- meta- pherein to carry ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- met′a·phor′ic met′a·phor′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural metaphors)
- (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isn't, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile.
- (countable, rhetoric) The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.
From Latin metaphora, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†Î¿ÏÎ¬ (metaphora), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (metapherÅ, “I transfer, apply"), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta, “with, across, after") + Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (pherÅ, “I bear, carry")