[ mi-ton-uh-mee ]
/ mɪˈtɒn ə mi /
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a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, as “scepter” for “sovereignty,” or “the bottle” for “strong drink,” or “count heads (or noses)” for “count people.”
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
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Example sentences from the Web for metonymy
For a time it seems not so important to classify the metonymies as to make peas or dandelion taste like coffee.The Story of a Life|J. Breckenridge Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for metonymy
/ (mɪˈtɒnɪmɪ) /
noun plural -mies
the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of the crown to refer to a monarchCompare synecdoche
Derived forms of metonymymetonymical (ˌmɛtəˈnɪmɪkəl) or metonymic, adjectivemetonymically, adverb
Word Origin for metonymy
C16: from Late Latin from Greek: a changing of name, from meta- (indicating change) + onoma name
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Medical definitions for metonymy
[ mə-tŏn′ə-mē ]
In schizophrenia, a language disturbance in which an inappropriate but related word is used in place of the correct one.
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