Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Word Explorer
Children's Dictionary
Help
Help
Help
     

met·a·phor

metaphor

 
 
pronunciation:
me t for
features:
Word History, Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a phrase that describes something by comparing it to some other thing.
"Her words are pearls" is a metaphor.
 
derivations: metaphorical (adj.), metaphorically (adv.), metaphoricalness (n.)
Word History
The word metaphor comes from an ancient Greek word that meant "to transfer or carry over to something else." When you use a metaphor, it is as though you are taking the word for one thing and transferring it to another thing that you perceive to be like the first thing.
Word Explorer
See
  literature
Word Parts  About this feature
The word metaphor contains the following parts:
meta- Greek prefix that means change, between, after, beyond
Show wordsHide wordsExample words:
phor, pher, -phore Greek root that means carry, bear
Show wordsHide wordsExample words:
synonyms:
fer, lat2, -late