noun \ˈme-tə-ˌfȯr also -fər\

Definition of METAPHOR

: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly : figurative language — compare simile
: an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor : symbol2
— met·a·phor·ic  or met·a·phor·i·cal  adjective
— met·a·phor·i·cal·ly  adverb

Examples of METAPHOR

  1. “He was drowning in paperwork” is a metaphor in which having to deal with a lot of paperwork is being compared to drowning in an ocean of water.
  2. Her poems include many imaginative metaphors.
  3. a poet admired for her use of metaphor
  4. You see, menudo is our chicken soup for the body and soul, our metaphor for bread-and-butter issues. —Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury News, 20 May 2003
  5. [+]more

Origin of METAPHOR

Middle English methaphor, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French metaphore, from Latin metaphora, from Greek, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + phereinto bear — more at bear

First Known Use: 15th century
Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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