UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɛtəfɔːr/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɛtəˌfɔr, -fɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(metə fôr′, -fər)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
met•a•phor /ˈmɛtəˌfɔr, -fɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. 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.
  2. the use of such a way of describing things:[uncountable]examples of metaphor in the Iliad.
  3. a symbol or sign of something else:[countable]That crime story is a metaphor of the times.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
met•a•phor  (metə fôr′, -fər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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).
  2. something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem;
met•a•phor•i•cal  (metə fôr′, -fər),USA pronunciation  met′a•phoric, adj.  met′a•phori•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek metaphorá a transfer, akin to metaphérein to transfer. See meta-, -phore
  • Latin metaphora
  • 1525–35
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
metaphor /ˈmɛtəfə -ˌfɔː/ n
  1. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action that it does not literally denote in order to imply a resemblance, for example he is a lion in battle
    Compare simile
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin, from Greek metaphora, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + pherein to bear

metaphoric /ˌmɛtəˈfɒrɪk/, ˌmetaˈphorical adj ˌmetaˈphorically adv
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