simile

[ sim-uh-lee ]
/ ˈsɪm ə li /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. simic,
  2. similar,
  3. similarity,
  4. similarity transformation,
  5. similarly,
  6. similia similibus curantur,
  7. similitude,
  8. simionato,
  9. simious,
  10. simitar

Origin of simile

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: image, likeness, comparison, noun use of neuter of similis similar

Can be confusedmetaphor simile

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British Dictionary definitions for simile

simile

/ (ˈsɪmɪlɪ) /

noun

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

C14: from Latin simile something similar, from similis like

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Word Origin and History for simile

simile

n.

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."

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Culture definitions for simile

simile

[ (sim-uh-lee) ]

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.)

Note

Some similes, such as “sleeping like a log,” have become clichés.

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