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.

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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