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me•ton•y•my  (mi tonə mē),USA pronunciation n. [Rhet.]
  1. Rhetorica figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, as "scepter'' for "sovereignty,'' or "the bottle'' for "strong drink,'' or "count heads (or noses)'' for "count people.''
  • Greek metōnymía change of name; see met-, -onym, -y3
  • Late Latin metōnymia
  • 1540–50

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metonymy /mɪˈtɒnɪmɪ/ n ( pl -mies)
  1. the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of the crown to refer to a monarch
    Compare synecdoche
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin from Greek: a changing of name, from meta- (indicating change) + onoma name

metonymical /ˌmɛtəˈnɪmɪkəl/, ˌmetoˈnymic adj

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