sim·i·le / ˈsiməlē/ • n. a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox). ∎ the use of such a method of comparison.
simile (sĬm´əlē) [Lat.,=likeness], in rhetoric, a figure of speech in which an object is explicitly compared to another object. Robert Burns's poem "A Red Red Rose" contains two straightforward similes:
My love is like a red, red roseThe epic, or Homeric, simile is an elaborate, formal, and sustained simile derived from those of Homer.
That's newly sprung in June:
My love is like the melody
That's sweetly played in tune.