Simile meaning

sĭmə-lē
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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).
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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."

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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.

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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)
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Origin of simile

  • Middle English from Latin likeness, comparison from neuter of similis like similar

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

  • First attested 1393, from Latin simile ("comparison, likeness", "parallel"), originally from simile the neuter form of similis ("like, similar, resembling"). Confer the English similar.

    From Wiktionary