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Metonymy Definition & Examples – 601 Words

Metonymy definition and real examples with images and illustrations in literature from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam, for advanced learners of English. Improve your advanced vocabulary in context.

/metˈɒn.ə.mi/ (noun)

Metonymy definition

metonymy is a figure of speech in which an essential attribute of something, someone or an object is used to refer to or stand for the actual thing or person, metonymy in Greek means: “change of name”


Metonymy is a figure of speech in which one object or idea takes the place of another with which it has a close association. In fact, metonymy means “change of name.” As a literary device, it is a way of replacing an object or idea with something related to it instead of stating what is actually meant. Metonymy enables writers to express a word or thought in a different way by using a closely related word or thought. Therefore, this is a method for writers to vary their expression and produce an effect for the reader.

Here are some examples of metonymy that may be found in everyday expression:

Hollywood (represents associations with the movie industry)
Turf (represents associations with area of residence or expertise)
Press (represents associations with news organizations)
Breeze (represents associations with something that is simple, straightforward, or easy)
Broadway (represents associations with New York drama productions and stage fame)
Coast (represents associations with seaside, ocean area, regions of land near water)
Academics (represents associations with school, college, university, classes, or studying)

Source of example:

Related words

simile, metaphor

Parts of speech

Noun: metonym

Adjective: metonymic

Adjective: metonymical

Adverb: metonymically

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