A figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g. John and his driving licence expired last week). Compare with syllepsis.
More example sentences
- He knew what a zeugma is, and had strong, informed views on the semicolon.
- If they're both just examples of zeugma, why is that?
- We demonstrate how it contributes to the creation of zeugma and the non-availability of crossed readings.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek, from zeugnunai 'to yoke'; related to zugon 'yoke'.