Word of the day: 2/27/15 –Metonym

Word: Metonym

You Pronounce it: [met-uh-nim] IPA:ˈmɛtənɪm


1. A word, name, or expression used as a substitute for something else with which it is closely associated. For example, Washington is a metonym for the US government.


1830-40; back formation from metonymy

I heard it:

In class, the professor asked us to answer a question and used the word “metonym” in the sentence.

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