metonymy

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin metonymia, from Ancient Greek μετονομασία (metonomasía, change of name), from μετά (metá, other) + ὄνομα (ónoma, name).

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metonymy (countable and uncountable, plural metonymies)

  1. The naming of some thing by the name of something else, which is associated in meaning.
    • Washington for United States government
    • I will drink another glass for the content of the glass
    • 350 heads for 350 animals (eg cattle)
  2. (countable) A metonym.
Examples
  • The White House released its official report today. — "The White House" for "The presidential administration"
  • The Crown has enacted a new social security policy. — "The Crown" for "The government of the United Kingdom".
  • A crowd of fifty heads — where "head" stands for person.
  • Put it on the plastic — material (plastic) for object (credit card)

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