Origin of simile
Examples from the Web for similes
His similes are few—in this connection—and are so chosen that they add to the vividness of the whole impression.Chaucer and His Times|Grace E. Hadow
It may be that my opinion is not worth much, but one piece I read lately struck me as being full of beautiful ideas and similes.Mark Gildersleeve|John S. Sauzade
By this we may discover the beauty of many of those metaphors and similes which to an unphilosophical person do seem so uncouth.
But Dods did mix up his—'similes,' I think, is the right word—so funnily!The House That Grew|Mrs. Molesworth
I begged him in exasperation to keep his similes to himself.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for similes
Word Origin for simile
Word Origin and History for similes
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."
Culture definitions for similes
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.)