MEANING: noun: A figure of speech in which a part stands for the whole or vice versa.
Examples: "head count" to refer to the count of people or "the police" to refer to a police officer

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin synekdoche, from Greek synekdokhe, from syn- (together) + ekdokhe (interpretation). Earliest documented use: 1397.


SKYNECDOCHE - a small city in the Hudson River in New York State, just west of Albany; home to Union College

SYNECLOCHE - a special French churchbell that rings only on New Year's Eve