1. (rhetoric) The use of a single characteristic or part of an object, concept or phenomenon to identify the entire object, concept, phenomenon or a related object.
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    Hypernyms: trope, figure of speech
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    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 7 ↗:
      Metonymy does new names impose,
      And things for things by near relation shews.]
  2. (countable) A metonym.

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