Definitions for simileˈsɪm ə li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sim•i•leˈsɪm ə li(n.)

  1. a figure of speech in which two distinct things are compared by using “like” or “as,” as in “She is like a rose.”

    Category: Rhetoric

    Ref: Compare metaphor

Origin of simile:

1350–1400; < L: image, likeness, comparison, n. use of neut. of similissimilar

Princeton's WordNet

  1. simile(noun)

    a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')


  1. simile(Noun)

    A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as.

    A simile is like a metaphor.

  2. Origin: First attested 1393, from simile ("comparison, likeness", "parallel"), originally from simile the neuter form of similis ("like, similar, resembling"). Confer the English similar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simile(noun)

    a word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison


  1. Simile

    A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things through some connective, usually "like," "as," "than," or a verb such as "resembles." A simile differs from a metaphor in that the latter compares two unlike things by saying that the one thing is the other thing.

Anagrams of simile

  1. smilie

Translations for simile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a form of expression using `like' or `as', in which one thing is compared to another which it only resembles in one or a small number of ways

`Her hair was like silk' is a simile.

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