Meaning of “metaphor” in the English Dictionary

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metaphornoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmet̬·əˌfɔr, -fər/

literature an expression that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to possess similar characteristics:

[ C ] "A heart of stone" is a metaphor.
adjective us /ˌmet̬·əˈfɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈfɑr-/

metaphorical expressions

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