Definition of Metonymy in English :

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Metonymy meaning in English

Meaning of Metonymy in English

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1. metonymy

substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in they counted heads')

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noun plural -mies
the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of the crown to refer to a monarch
Compare synecdoche

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nounWord forms: plural meˈtonymies
a figure of speech in which the name of one thing is used in place of that of another associated with or suggested by it (Ex.: “the White House” for “the President”)

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n. pl. me·ton·y·mies
A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power.

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