Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to, a word or phrase that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object.
  • n. A metonym.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Used by way of metonymy; using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of metonymy; used by way of metonymy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek μετωνυμικός (metōnumikos, "of or like metonymy"), from μετωνυμία (metōnumia, "change of name"), from μετά (meta, "other") + ὄνυμα (onuma, "name"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Your search for "metonymic" meanings instead of taking things first at face value is particularly distressing to me.

    Never judge a book by its nom de plume

  • In Morte D'Urban, we can see the extended use Powers makes of the priesthood as a kind of metonymic device to explore the themes of community, America, the spiritual/moral life.

    The Priestly Comedy of J. F. Powers

  • From this we can identify that time is constructed in two ways -- one as metonymic (the correlation of events) and one as metaphoric (from an understanding of motion and resources).

    Jason Derr: Seeing The Future In 3-D: Incarnation And The Sputnik Moment

  • Not all figuration is metaphoric though; in metonymy, the process of interpretation is not based on resemblances but on other forms of association -- the association of a crown with a king, for example, such that we use the artefact as a metonymic stand-in for the person.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • In its metonymic relation to the season, however, Shelley's wind, with all its surface effects, is also the recessional index of a further unseen presence.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Via Kittler once more, the Faustian (Goethean) bargain — trading one's mute soul for the voice of poetry — comes true yet again in an oralized alphabetic writing resembling nothing so much as the metonymic skids of the unconscious.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • On the other hand, the combination of all these parallel, metonymic stories that accumulate and flesh out one another, creates a subtext whose increasing scope rivals the actual text, illuminating the work with a unique poetics.

    Judith Hendel.

  • ‘Code is Law’ is also a metonymic inference referencing a paradigm.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lessig’s “Code” at 10:

  • Put aside the metonymic swipe at the faculty lounge.

    Balkinization

  • Each of the characters is metonymic of the experiences of the working classes under Thatcher's Tory government.

    Take Two

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