The following is a
list of common metonyms. A [note 1 ] metonym is a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept. For instance, "London", as the capital of the United Kingdom, could be used as a metonym for its government. (See below for more examples.)
General [ edit ]
10 Downing Street or "Number 10" Official residence of the
Prime Minister [note 2 ] the British Prime Minister and his or her staff
Broadway street in
New York City
Broadway theatre in particular, and American theatre in general [4 ]
Cooperstown a village in upstate
New York the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the village [13 ]
Fleet Street a street in the
City of London the British national press
District of Los Angeles the
American film industry [4 ]
Madison Avenue a street in
New York City the US
advertising industry [4 ]
Nashville the capital of the state of
country music industry, which has strong ties to Nashville [4 ]
Pearl Harbor a lagoon harbor on the island of
Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu The
attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941 [4 ]
Spring Street A street in the central business district of
Parliament of Victoria (located here), the Government of Victoria and its bureaucracy [15 ]
Threadneedle Street a street in the
City of London the
Bank of England or its directors [16 ]
Wall Street street in New York City
the US financial markets, for which Wall Street is the traditional center of securities trading
capital of the United States the
United States federal government [1 ]
Watergate Hotel and Office Building in Washington, DC the Nixon election scandal
Westminster A city within
Greater London the
Parliament of the United Kingdom. [17 ]
The White House Official residence of the
President of the United States the President and staff
Whitehall street in
central government of the United Kingdom, particularly the civil service [18 ]
^ Since metonymy – the process by which metonyms are formed – is a productive process, new metonyms can always be created. This list cannot include all metonyms, but only some of those that are identified as common.
^ Technically, 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, not the Prime Minister. However, the two offices have been held by the same person since the early 20th century.
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