heteronym

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EtymologyEdit

Coined around 1900, either from hetero- (different) +‎ -onym (name) or from Ancient Greek ἑτερώνυμος (heterṓnumos), or perhaps both.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɛt.əɹ.ə(ʊ).nɪm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛt.ə.ɹoʊ.nɪm/, /ˈhɛt.ə.ɹə.nɪm/
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NounEdit

heteronym (plural heteronyms)

  1. (linguistics) A word having the same spelling as another, but a different pronunciation and meaning.
    Agape, "astonished" or "wide open," is a heteronym of agape, "Christian love."
  2. (literature) A fictitious character created by an author for the purpose of writing in a different style.

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An Euler diagram showing the relationship between these -nyms.
Different Meanings
nym Sound Spelling Category
homonym same same
heteronym different same (cat)
homograph not specified same
homophone same different (cat)
heterophone different different
synonym
 
An Euler diagram showing the relationship between these -nyms.
Different Meanings
nym Sound Spelling Category
homonym same same
heteronym different same (cat)
homograph not specified same
homophone same different (cat)
heterophone different different
synonym