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A word used in metonymy.

[Back-formation from metonymy.]


(Grammar) a word used in a metonymy. For example the bottle is a metonym for alcoholic drink


(ˈmɛt ə nɪm)

a word used in metonymy.
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Noun1.metonym - a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing; "Washington is a metonym for the United States government"; "plastic is a metonym for credit card"
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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Diller's design, a jewel-box cased in concrete, is an apt metonym for the institution's treasure-chest philosophy, marking both its strengths and limitations.
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Between 1945 and 1948, a few Hollywood movies saw Nazism as an ongoing threat or even a metonym for fascism and political persecution in America.
Wilson's assertion--in "Shutting Out Mother: Vivie Warren as the New Woman"--that "Vivie is the metonym for the New Woman" (67) is difficult to argue with and is the first essay of many to devote all or much of its attention to Mrs.
In the broader context of the genre then, 'the diamond' acts as a metonym for a form of good fortune that can occur seemingly without warning, but can take a variety of material forms: a penny--as in the previous story--a lizard, a rat, a stone, or simply a promise, as in the next example I give.
The "blaze of light" becomes a metonym for creation, spiritual illumination, fulfillment of religious duties, and the enduring presence of God in human history, all of which Cohen recognizes when he sings.
According to critic Kim Hong-hee, "Like metaphor, a metonym is a type of allegorical rhetoric that banishes the original form of reality, and is modified into and replaced with other objects.
The chapter nicely renders Iachimo's detailing of Imogen's bed chamber arras as revealing the woman herself as a kind of abstract image of virtue of the type Posthumous has been idolizing, and ends with a meditation on the curtain as metonym for the character/actor concealed behind it (Polonius, say), and the way characters can be rendered as theatrical hangings.
While many First Nations communities living on reserve struggle with similar problems, Pikangi-kum has become a metonym for the dismal standard of living many indigenous Canadians experience.
The original Met headquarters had its public entrance on Great Scotland Yard and when it moved away in 1890, the name Scotland Yard was adopted for subsequent headquarters, and remained a metonym for the London police.
A METONYM OF SORTS for the modernist picture, the painterly mark has gotten a bad rap; too expressive, too authorial and therefore authoritarian, too sure of its inexhaustible plenitude.
The novel is particularly taken by the role of space in the construction of modernity, centering the plot and its characters around the Petronas Twin Towers, once the tallest buildings in the world, and now a spatial metonym of the topologic approximation towards Western modernity in the global South.