• IPA: /ˈsɪməli/


  1. 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 a bit like a metaphor.
    • 1826, Thomas Bayly Howell, A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours (volume 33)
      He made a simile of George the third to Nebuchadnezzar, and of the prince regent to Belshazzar, and insisted that the prince represented the latter in not paying much attention to what had happened to kings […]
    • 1925, Countee Cullen, Fruit of the Flower
      My father is a quiet man / With sober, steady ways; / For simile, a folded fan; / His nights are like his days.
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