- a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.”Compare metaphor.
- an instance of such a figure of speech or a use of words exemplifying it.
Origin of simile
Examples from the Web for simile
Historical Examples of simile
The simile of an Indian fight returned to Dick with increased force.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
There is no other simile that will express his state of mind.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I feel the rage of simile upon me; I can't talk to you in any other way.The Contrast
He laughed at this simile, and continued: 'I shall be all new again.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Blanche, who was extremely dainty as to what she touched, quite appreciated this simile.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- a figure of speech that expresses the resemblance of one thing to another of a different category, usually introduced by as or likeCompare metaphor
Word Origin for simile
late 14c., from Latin simile "a like thing; a comparison, likeness, parallel," neuter of similis "like" (see similar). Both things must be mentioned and the comparison directly stated. To Johnson, "A simile, to be perfect, must both illustrate and ennoble the subject."
A common figure of speech that explicitly compares two things usually considered different. Most similes are introduced by like or as: “The realization hit me like a bucket of cold water.” (Compare metaphor.)