metonymy[mə tän′ə mē]
- The definition of a metonymy is a figure of speech in which one thing is replaced with a word closely associated with it.
An example of a metonymy is referring to the King as "the Crown."
A metonymy is refering to the King as the Crown.
Origin of metonymyLate Latin metonymia ; from Classical Greek metōnymia ; from meta, other (see meta-) + onoma, onyma, name
Origin of metonymyLate Latin metōnymia, from Greek metōnumiā : meta-, meta- + onuma, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots.
- met′o·nym′ic , met′o·nym′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural metonymies)
From Late Latin metonymia, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¿Î½Î¿Î¼Î±ÏƒÎ¯Î± (metÅnumia, “change of name"), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta, “other") + á½„Î½Î¿Î¼Î± (onoma, “name").