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Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or a concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept.

Metonymy in popular culture: The term “Hollywood” is used to describe the US cinema industry.

Metonymy in arts: In Edward Bulwer Lytton’s play Richelieu, the cardinal states, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” The pen stands for written word and sword stands for military aggression and force.

Metonymy in general: The term “the press” is used to describe the news media