Definitions for metaphorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metaphor(noun)

    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity


  1. metaphor(Noun)

    The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isnu2019t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile.

  2. metaphor(Noun)

    The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.

  3. Origin: From metaphora, from μεταφορά, from μεταφέρω, from μετά + φέρω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metaphor(noun)

    the transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea

  2. Origin: [F. mtaphore, L. metaphora, fr. Gr. metafora`, fr. metafe`rein to carry over, transfer; meta` beyond, over + fe`rein to bring, bear.]


  1. Metaphor

    A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words "like" or "as". One of the most prominent examples of a metaphor in English literature is the All the world's a stage monologue from As You Like It: This quote is a metaphor because the world is not literally a stage. By figuratively asserting that the world is a stage, Shakespeare uses the points of comparison between the world and a stage to convey an understanding about the mechanics of the world and the lives of the people within it.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Metaphor

    The application of a concept to that which it is not literally the same but which suggests a resemblance and comparison. Medical metaphors were widespread in ancient literature; the description of a sick body was often used by ancient writers to define a critical condition of the State, in which one corrupt part can ruin the entire system. (From Med Secoli Arte Sci, 1990;2(3):abstract 331)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metaphor' in Nouns Frequency: #2660

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