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. 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.

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An Euler diagram showing the relationship between these -nyms.
Nyms (with Wiki category (cat) if any)
nym Sound Spelling Meaning phone/graph
homonym same same different both
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. homophone

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