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[het-er-uh-nim] /ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm/
a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
Origin of heteronym
From the Late Greek word heterṓnymos, dating back to 1880-85. See hetero-, -onym Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for heteronym


one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph
Derived Forms
heteronymous (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs) adjective
heteronymously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for heteronym

"word having the same spelling as another but with a different sound and meaning," 1880s, also "a thing's name in one language that is an exact translation of its name in another;" from hetero- + -onym "name" (see name). Related: Heteronymic; heteronymous.

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