Metonym meaning

mĕtə-nĭm
Frequency:
A word or phrase used in metonymy, as a substitute for another.
noun
2
0
A word used in metonymy.
noun
1
0
A word that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object; a word used in metonymy.

Calling the monarch "your majesty" is using a metonym.

noun
1
0
Advertisement

Origin of metonym

  • Back-formation from metonymy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from metonymy.

    From Wiktionary