What Is a Metonym? (with Examples)
What Is a Metonym? (with Examples)A metonym is a word used in place of a closely related word. A metonym is a form of figurative language. Metonyms closely resemble metaphors, but the thing being represented by a metonym will be a close match. A metonym is often an attribute or a component part of the thing being represented.
Examples of MetonymsHere are some examples of metonyms (shaded):
- After college, he took to the bottle. (The bottle is a metonym for alcohol.)
- Downing Street supports the proposal. (Downing Street is a metonym for the Prime Minister.)
- The top brass is contesting the cuts. (Top brass is a metonym for the senior officers.)
- This is not how it will be portrayed by Fleet Street. (Fleet Street is a metonym for the British national press.)