noun \ˈme-tə-ˌfȯr also -fər\
Definition of METAPHOR
: 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
- “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.
- Her poems include many imaginative metaphors.
- a poet admired for her use of metaphor
- 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
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.