homonym

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

homo- +‎ -onym

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

homonym (plural homonyms)

  1. (semantics, strict sense) A word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word.
  2. (loosely) A word that sounds or is spelled the same as another word, technically called a homophone (same sound) or a homograph (same spelling).
  3. (taxonomy) A name for a taxon that is identical in spelling to another name that belongs to a different taxon.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Homonyms (in the broader sense) are divided into the two overlapping subcategories homographs and homophones. Examples:
    • die and dye (homophones but not homographs)
    • the parasitic flatworm called the fluke, the fish called the fluke, and a fluke, part of the tail of a whale (both homophones and homographs and therefore true homonyms in the strict sense)
    • the metal lead and the present tense of the verb lead (homographs but not homophones)

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

An Euler diagram showing the relationship between these -nyms.
Nyms (with category [cat] if any)
nym Sound Spelling Meaning phone/graph
homonym same same different homophone & homograph
heteronym (cat) different same different homograph
heterograph same different different homophone (cat)
heterophone different same same homograph
synonym different different same
alternative spelling same different same homophone
identical same same same not applicable
distinct different different different

Further reading[edit]


Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

homonym (neuter homonymt, plural and definite singular attributive homonyme)

  1. homonymic

Noun[edit]

homonym

  1. homonym

Declension[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

homonym c

  1. homonym

Declension[edit]

Declension of homonym 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative homonym homonymen homonymer homonymerna
Genitive homonyms homonymens homonymers homonymernas