- The definition of metaphorical is a description of something using an implied comparison, not a literal comparison.
An example of a metaphorical sentence is, "The classroom was a zoo," which means that the classroom was crazy and wild, not an actual zoo.
Variant of metaphor
a figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another (Ex.: the curtain of night, “all the world's a stage”)
Origin of metaphorFrench métaphore ; from Classical Latin metaphora ; from Classical Greek ; from metapherein, to carry over ; from meta, over (see meta-) + pherein, to bear