[hom-uh-graf, -grahf, hoh-muh-]
  1. a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning and usually origin, whether pronounced the same way or not, as bear1 “to carry; support” and bear2 “animal” or lead1 “to conduct” and lead2 “metal.”

Origin of homograph

First recorded in 1800–10; homo- + -graph
Related formshom·o·graph·ic [hom-uh-graf-ik, hoh-muh-] /ˌhɒm əˈgræf ɪk, ˌhoʊ mə-/, adjective
Can be confusedhomograph homonym homophone (see synonym study at homonym)

Synonyms for homograph

See homonym.
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British Dictionary definitions for homograph


  1. one of a group of words spelt in the same way but having different meaningsCompare heteronym
Derived Formshomographic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for homograph

1810, a method of signaling, from homo- (1) "same" + -graph "something written." Meaning "a word of identical spelling with another, but of different origin and meaning, is from 1873. Related: Homographic; homography.

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