from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A word used in metonymy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object; a word used in metonymy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to a group (usually a genus) after a different name had been applied to another member (usually a species) of the same group. According to the American code of botanical nomenclature, a metonym is invalid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing
Back-formation from metonymy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from metonymy. (Wiktionary)