noun. substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads').
- metonymia (Latin)
- μετονομασία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
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.
Another type of figurative language Stevenson uses is metonymy, in which an author uses a related idea to represent the whole.