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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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