homophone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From homo- +‎ -phone.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɒməfəʊ̯n/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɔməfoʊ̯n/, /ˈhɑməfoʊ̯n/
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Noun[edit]

Examples (English words)

homophone (plural homophones)

  1. (semantics) A word which is pronounced the same as another word but differs in spelling or meaning or origin.
  2. A letter or group of letters which are pronounced the same as another letter or group of letters.

Usage notes[edit]

A homophone is a type of homonym in the loose sense of that term (a word which sounds or is spelled the same as another). (The strict sense of homonym is a word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word.) A homograph is a word with the same spelling as another but a completely unrelated meaning. Homographs are not necessarily homophones. See homonym § Usage notes for examples.

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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

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

homophone (plural homophones)

  1. homophonous

Noun[edit]

homophone m (plural homophones)

  1. (semantics) homophone

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