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 Dictionary entry overview: What does onomatopoeia mean? 

  The noun ONOMATOPOEIA has 1 sense:

1. using words that imitate the sound they denote

  Familiarity information: ONOMATOPOEIA used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1onomatopoeia [BACK TO TOP]


Using words that imitate the sound they denote

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("onomatopoeia" is a kind of...):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

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