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simile

Definition:

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds - usually formed with "like" or "as"

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

similes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin simile "a like thing", neuter of similis "like". "A simile, to be perfect,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Simile

a figure of speech that directly compares two things through some connective, usually "like," "as," "than," or a verb such as "resembles." A simile differs from a metaphor in that the latter compares two unlike things by saying that the one thing is... (43 of 732 words)

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Simile (disambiguation)

a figure of speech making an explicit comparison. Simile or Similes may also refer to: SIMILE, project to develop Semantic Web tools | Simile (computer virus), also known as Etap and MetaPHOR, Windows virus released in March 2002 | Similes (album),... (39 of 130 words, 12 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

simile

a figure of speech that expresses the resemblance of one thing to another of a different category, usually introduced by "as" or "like" (23 of 391 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Britannica Encyclopedia:

simile [literature]

figure of speech involving a comparison between two unlike entities. In the simile, unlike the metaphor, the resemblance is explicitly indicated by ... (22 of 293 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/545113​/simile

Merriam-Webster:

simile | as

a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like (as in cheeks like roses) (19 of 225 words, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

simile

a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing ... | the use of similes as a method of comparison (23 of 91 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/simile

Columbia Encyclopedia:

simile

in rhetoric, a figure of speech in which an object is explicitly compared to another object. Robert Burns's poem "A Red Red Rose" contains two ... (25 of 70 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0845283​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

simile

A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by "like" or "as", as in ""How like the winter ... (27 of 61 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/simile

Macmillan British Dictionary:

simile [literary] | similes [plural]

[countable] a phrase that describes something by comparing it to something else using the word "like" or "as", for example "He eats like a pig" ; ... (26 of 54 words, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

simile

a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another, dissimilar thing by the use of like, as, etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale, her tears ... (31 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/simile

Random House Dictionary:

simile

a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "she is like a rose". | an instance of such a figure of speech or a use ... (30 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/simile

Cambridge Dictionary:

simile

(the use of) an expression comparing one thing with another, always including the words `as' or `like' (17 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/simile

Wiktionary:

simile | similes [plural] | similia [plural] | figure of speech [type of]

A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as. (22 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/simile

Encarta Dictionary:

simile | similes [plural]

a figure of speech that draws a comparison between two different things, especially a phrase containing the word "like" or "as," e.g. "as white as a ... (26 of 50 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732841​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

simile

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin simile "a like thing", neuter of similis "like". "A simile, to be perfect, must both illustrate and ennoble the subject". [Johnson].

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

Wiktionary:

simile | similes [plural] | similia [plural]

Origin: First attested 1393, from Latin simile ("comparison, likeness", "parallel"), originally from simile the neuter form of similis ("like, similar, resembling"). Confer the English similar.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/simile

American Heritage Dictionary:

simile

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, likeness, comparison, from neuter of similis, like; see "similar".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/simile

Merriam-Webster:

simile

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, comparison, from neuter of similis

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

New World Dictionary:

simile

Origin: Middle English from Latin, a likeness from neuter of similis, "similar"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/simile

Collins Dictionary:

simile

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin simile something similar, from similis like

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

Oxford Dictionary:

simile

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin, neuter of similis "like"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/simile

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

simile | similes [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin, "like thing" from similis "like, similar"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732841​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

simile | similes [plural] | similia [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "simile"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/simile

Collins Dictionary:

simile

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "simile"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

simile [literary] | similes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "simile"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

simile [literary] | similes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "simile"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/simile

Cambridge Dictionary:

simile

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "simile"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "simile"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/simile

the Free Dictionary:

simile

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "simile"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "simile"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "simile" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/simile

Google Dictionary:

simile | similes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "simile"

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

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

simile

Audio: North American pronunciation of "simile"

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

YourDictionary Audio:

simile

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/simile

freedictionary.org:

simile

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

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=simile

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