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A word used in metonymy.

[Back-formation from metonymy.]
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(Grammar) a word used in a metonymy. For example the bottle is a metonym for alcoholic drink
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(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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When, a mere eight images into the Tate show, he and curator Mary Horlock dealt out Macau Bridge, 1993--a hazy, industrial sublime view of a half-built highway bridge in the Far East, crane boom angling in--and bracketed it with a shot of two punks taken for a fashion magazine and a monochrome study of a deliriously sweaty clubber, it was dear that the artist has no hesitancy about offering photographic metonyms for his own bridge-building practice.
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A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms-in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.
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Medem employs the mise-en-scene as an attempt to re-insert women into the historical trajectory of European historical and political space by means of, one, allegories that appropriate narratives of women from antiquity and, two, metonyms and metaphors of spatial mobility.
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He covers making metonyms both naturally and artistically, interweaving metonymy and metaphor, masterpieces of metonymy on the Acropolis, and the metonymy of a perfect festive moment.
While the acclamation of Sarah within Judaism is well known, Bakhos finds the depiction of Hagar among rabbinic interpreters to be unexpectedly neutral, in contrast with the antipodal relation Hagar shares with Sarah among many early Christian interpreters, in which the two often stand as metonyms for Judaism and Christianity.
Lakoff & Johnson (2003) have indicated that metonyms are cognitively established "referential devices".