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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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Beyond show biz, moreover, colorism requires a wider national conversation, given the ever-increasing drive for whiteness, mediated by whitening products and s that make whiteness a metonym for wealth, beauty, and success.
239), which discusses how it influences and is influenced by various outside sources, and highlights, perhaps inadvertendy, the danger of letting an idioculture serve as a metonym for phenomena that cross cultures and social strata.
Among their topics are the perception of motherhood and folklore expressions among the Jews of Afghanistan, like mother like daughter: mother-daughter relations in Babylonian Talmudic stories, the Jewish mother as metonym for community in postwar America, Rachel and Mary weep for their children in the age of the Zohar, depictions of childbirth in Rabbinic literature: the innovation of a Genizah Midrashic text, and mothers and ma'asim: maternal roles in medieval Hebrew tales.
In the course of time, the term "Wall Street" that symbolizes the strength and resilience become a metonym for the economic engine of the United States and the financial hub of world as a whole.
It is a metonym, "the visible aspect of that presence" (p.
Indeed, for most of the world, Rihanna is a metonym for the island.
In both allegory and metonym Medem attempts to collapse the binaries between public and private histories and spaces.
Although the club was not solely run nor patronized by Jews, the prominence of Jewish players and administrators-most vitally the presidency of Leon Kolbowski-and Villa Crespo's role as a center of Jewish life in Argentina helped to transform the club and its fans into a metonym for the wider Jewish community from the middle of the twentieth century on.
The communal apartment dreamt up by Lenin is, for Makine, the metonym for a wider wholeness which is subsequently demolished, first by Gorbachev's perestroika then the kleptocracy post-1991.
Coburn's analysis identifies stereotypical characterizations, quite manifest in Serao's narrative, as well as recurrent elements (tropes) that, in a subtle way, imply a racist logic: the metaphor of the national unification, figured as a marriage between a strong, masculine element (Northern Italy) and a sick, feminine one (Southern Italy); or the antisemitic metonym where Jewish mysticism is blamed as the source for the ills of Naples.
While Diego was the more obvious social engineer, as Rosenthal explains, Frida's obsessive representation of her own bodily pain does double duty as a metonym for Mexico seen in light of colonialism's legacy.
The study's treatment of Marx is perhaps an apt metonym for its overall achievement.