- 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 μετονομασία (metōnumia, “change of name”), from μετά (meta, “other”) + ὄνομα (onoma, “name”).