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metonym

Definition:

a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

metonymic | metonymical

Plural:

metonyms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • Washington is a metonym for the United States government
  • plastic is a metonym for credit card

Etymology:

Greek metonymia, literally "a change of name", from meta- "change" + onyma,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Metonymy | TONN

a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept. For instance, "Hollywood" is used as a metonym for the U.S. film industry, ... (46 of 2349 words, pronunciation)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Metonymy

Collins Dictionary:

metonym

a word used in a metonymy. For example "the bottle" is a metonym for "alcoholic drink" (16 of 196 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metonym

Oxford Dictionary:

metonym

a word, name, or expression used as a substitute for something else with which it's closely associated. For example, Washington is a metonym for the ... (25 of 52 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metonym

Cambridge Dictionary:

metonymy [specialized] | metonym [noun, derived] | metonymic [adjective, derived]

when something is referred to by a word which describes a quality or feature of that thing (17 of 32 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metonymy

Wiktionary:

metonym | metonyms [plural] | synecdoche [subtype]

A word that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object; a word used in metonymy. (23 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metonym

Merriam-Webster:

metonym

a word used in metonymy (5 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/metonym

New World Dictionary:

metonym

a word or phrase used in metonymy, as a substitute for another (12 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonym

American Heritage Dictionary:

metonym

A word used in metonymy. (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonym

Random House Dictionary:

metonym

a word used in metonymy. (5 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/metonym

Macmillan British Dictionary:

word | words [plural] | from the word go | give/say the word | give someone your word | have/exchange words with someone | keep your word | in a word | in other words | ...

[countable] a single unit of written or spoken language | "words": [plural] someone's words are things that they say ; used about the words of a song, ... (26 of 846 words, 29 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/word

word [transitive, verb] | worded [past tense] | wording [present participle] | words [3rd-person singular present]

to use words to express something in a particular way (10 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/word 30

Encarta Dictionary:

metonym | metonyms [plural]

a word or phrase used in a figure of speech in which an attribute of something is used to stand for the thing itself, e.g. "laurels" when it's used to ... (30 of 62 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629636​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

metonym

First use: 1560s

Origin: Greek metonymia, literally "a change of name", from meta- "change" + onyma, dialectal of onoma "name". Figure in which the ... (21 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=metonym

Oxford Dictionary:

metonym

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: back-formation from "metonymy"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metonym

metonymy | metonymies [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek metōnumia, literally "change of name"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/metonymy

Merriam-Webster:

metonym

First use: 1862

Origin: back-formation from metonymy

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/metonym

metonymy | metonymies [plural]

First use: 1547

Origin: Latin metonymia, from Greek metōnymia, from meta- + -ōnymon -onym

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/metonymy

Wiktionary:

metonym | metonyms [plural]

Origin: Back-formation from metonymy.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metonym

metonymy

Origin: Late Latin metonymia, from Ancient Greek μετονομασία (metōnumia, "change of name"), from μετά (meta, "other") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/metonymy

New World Dictionary:

metonym

Origin: back-formation from "metonymy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonym

metonymy | metonymies [plural]

Origin: Late Latin metonymia from Greek metōnymia from meta, other (see "meta-") + onoma, onyma, "name"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonymy

American Heritage Dictionary:

metonym

Origin: Back-formation from "metonymy".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonym

metonymy | metonymies [plural]

Origin: Late Latin metōnymia, from Greek metōnumiā: meta-, meta- + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonymy

Encarta Dictionary:

metonym | metonyms [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Back-formation from metonymy

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629636​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

metonym

Audio: British English pronunciation of "metonym"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/metonym

Cambridge Dictionary:

metonymy [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "metonym"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "metonym"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/metonymy

the Free Dictionary:

metonym

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "metonym"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "metonym" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/metonym

Google Dictionary:

metonym | metonyms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "metonym"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=metonym

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

metonym

Audio: North American pronunciation of "metonym"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=metony​01 word=metonym

YourDictionary Audio:

metonym

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "metonym" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/metonym

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