An example of a metonymy is referring to the King as "the Crown."
Other Word Forms
Origin of metonymy
- Late Latin metōnymia from Greek metōnumiā meta- meta- onuma name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Latin metonymia, from Ancient Greek μετονομασία (metōnumia, “change of name"), from μετά (meta, “other") + ὄνομα (onoma, “name").