metonym

[ met-uh-nim ]
/ ˈmɛt ə nɪm /

noun

a word used in metonymy.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. metoclopramide,
  2. metoestrus,
  3. metol,
  4. metolazone,
  5. metonic cycle,
  6. metonymical,
  7. metonymy,
  8. metope,
  9. metopic,
  10. metopic suture

Origin of metonym

First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from metonymy

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British Dictionary definitions for metonym

metonym

/ (ˈmɛtənɪm) /

noun

a word used in a metonymy. For example the bottle is a metonym for alcoholic drink
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Word Origin and History for metonym

metonym

n.

1788; see metonymy.

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