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EtymologyEdit

From homo- +‎ -phone.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɒməfəʊ̯n/, /ˈhəʊməfəʊ̯n/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑːməfoʊ̯n/, /ˈhoʊməfoʊ̯n/
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NounEdit

Examples

homophone (plural homophones)

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

Usage notesEdit

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.
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

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AdjectiveEdit

homophone (plural homophones)

  1. homophonous

NounEdit

homophone m (plural homophones)

  1. homophone

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