Meaning of metonymic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəˈnɪmɪk/


See metonymy

‘The costume made the man so that costume became the charged metonymic signifier of an interiority, a self, that was only produced in the first place by a uniform and the required props.’
  • ‘Until now, Burke has refused to let Ransom distinguish scientists from poets, for the metonymic nature of language constrains both parties.’
  • ‘What's the role of convention in this area - do metonymic norms differ across languages or across genres, and does this matter?’
  • ‘The living conditions in the military, of which the hospitals are a synecdoche, also evince this metonymic transformation.’
  • ‘Many standard items of vocabulary are metonymic.’