- 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
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- one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alikethe two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph
C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for heteronym
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