Definition: A simile is a comparison of two things using "like" or "as." Like metaphors, similes are a type of figurative language.
- "And his eyes were like holes poked in a snowbank."
- "His hair was as smooth as a bird's breast."
Examples:For another example, from a very different kind of writer, we can turn to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty: "Windshields flashed into her eyes like light through tears." Read more on how Welty uses figurative language, like metaphors and similes, to avoid sentimentality in The Optimist's Daughter.
To learn more about similes or to test your knowledge, take this figurative language quiz.