UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɛtəfɔːr/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɛtəˌfɔr, -fɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(met′ə fôr′, -fər)
Rhetoric a way of describing another object or thing by suggesting a comparison of it to something else, but without using the word "like'' or "as'':[countable]The rose is often a metaphor of love in poetry.
the use of such a way of describing things:[uncountable]examples of metaphor in the Iliad.
a symbol or sign of something else:[countable]That crime story is a metaphor of the times.
Rhetorica figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in "A mighty fortress is our God.'' Cf. mixed metaphor, simile (def. 1).
something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.