[ het-er-uh-nim ]
/ ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm /
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a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
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British Dictionary definitions for heteronym
/ (ˈhɛtərəʊˌnɪm) /
one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alikethe two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph
Derived forms of heteronymheteronymous (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs), adjectiveheteronymously, adverb
Word Origin for heteronym
C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name
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