Definition of Simile with Examples in Sentences

Definition of Simile

The word simile came from a Latin word “similis” which means “like or likeness”. Simile is an expression of likeness/similarity/resemblance between two or more different objects or events. The word simile compares two separate things, concepts, ideas, or objects by a connecting word such as “as” or “like”. We use simile when we place two objects or ideas side by side to compare them regarding some common quality between them. In simile we use comparisons words like and as, to represent similarity between two objects.

Definition of Simile in Major Dictionaries

Definition of Simile in Oxford Dictionary:a word or phrase that compares something to something else, using the words like or as, for example, a face like a mask or as white as snow; the use of such words and phrases”

Definition of Simile in Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “A phrase that uses the word like or as to describe someone or something by comparing it with someone or something else, that is Similar”

Examples of simile using word “as”

  • “His heart is as hard as rock.”

In the above example of the simile, the heart of a man is compared to a rock and similarity between heat and rock is hardness. It means the man who has hard heat is cruel or unkind who has no concerns with others.

  • “Ali is as brave as a lion.”

In the above simile, a man Ali is compared to a lion and similarity between man and the lion is braveness, courage or valor.

 Examples of simile using word “like”

  • “Can you jump like a monkey?”

In the above example, the comparison word like is used to compare the similarity. Here the quality of jumping is compared between a man and a monkey.

  • “My shoes are black like coal.”

Here is also the word like is used for comparison. In this example of simile the color of two objects is compared as a similarity. 


Some Common Example of Simile

  • Sam is as busy as a bee.
  • Watching Hollywood pictures was like watching grass grow.
  • This flower is round like a ball.
  • The material is as hard as a stone.