- a figure of speech that expresses the resemblance of one thing to another of a different category, usually introduced by as or like
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.''
- an example of this:[countable]How many similes can you find in the first paragraph?
- Rhetorica figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "she is like a rose.'' Cf. metaphor.
- 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