The definition of a simile is a figure of speech where two unlike things are compared using the word "like" or "as" followed by a figurative example.
An example of a simile is "He is as hungry as a horse."
a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another, dissimilar thing by the use of like, as, etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale, her tears flowed like wine)
Origin of simileMiddle English ; from L, a likeness ; from neuter of similis, similar
A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in “How like the winter hath my absence been” or “So are you to my thoughts as food to life” (Shakespeare).
Origin of simileMiddle English, from Latin, likeness, comparison, from neuter of similis, like; see similar.
(plural similes or similia)
- A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as.
- A simile is like a metaphor.