1. metonymy

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


  • image
  • figure
  • metalepsis
  • trope


  • multiply
  • integrate
  • differentiate
  • add


  • metonymia (Latin)
  • μετονομασία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Sentences with metonymy

1. Noun, singular or mass
When you hear a news broadcaster say that the White House had no comment or refer to a king or queen as the Crown, you are hearing a figurative form of language known as metonymy.

2. Noun, plural
Synecdoche, which is closely related to metonymy, uses part of something as a symbol for the whole; "all hands on deck" is a well-used example.

3. Adjective
Another type of figurative language Stevenson uses is metonymy, in which an author uses a related idea to represent the whole.