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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sim•i•le /ˈsɪməli/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Rhetoric[uncountable] a figure of speech in which two distinct things are compared by using "like'' or "as,'' such as in "She is like a rose.''
  2. an example of this:[countable]How many similes can you find in the first paragraph?
See -simil-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sim•i•le  (simə lē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Rhetorica figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "she is like a rose.'' Cf.  metaphor. 
  2. Rhetorican instance of such a figure of speech or a use of words exemplifying it.
  • Latin: image, likeness, comparison, noun, nominal use of neuter of similis similar
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

simile /ˈsɪmɪlɪ/ n
  1. a figure of speech that expresses the resemblance of one thing to another of a different category, usually introduced by as or like
    Compare metaphor
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin simile something similar, from similis like

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