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Etymology

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From French homophone.

Pronunciation

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɒməfəʊ̯n/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɔməfoʊ̯n/, /ˈhɑməfoʊ̯n/
  • Audio (US):(file)

Noun

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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

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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.

Derived terms

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Translations

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Euler diagram of choice semantic relations.
Nyms (with category [cat] if any)
Noun (cat) Sound Spelling Meaning phone/graph
identical same same same homophone & homograph
homophone (cat) same different different homophone & heterograph
alternative spelling same different same homophone & heterograph
homonym same same different homophone & homograph
synonym different different same heterophone & heterograph
heteronym (cat) different same different heterophone & homograph
alternative pronunciation different same same heterophone & homograph
distinct different different different heterophone & heterograph

Further reading

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French

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ὁμόφωνος (homóphōnos, speaking the same language, making the same sound, in agreement, in unison), from ὁμός (homós, same) +‎ -φωνος (-phōnos, with respect to language or sound), a suffix derived from φωνή (phōnḗ, sound, language), in the linguistic sense coined by French philologist Jean-François Champollion 1822 (for the adjective) and 1824 (for the noun).

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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homophone (plural homophones)

  1. homophonous

Noun

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homophone m (plural homophones)

  1. (semantics) homophone

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