[ hom-uh-graf, -grahf, hoh-muh- ]
/ ˈhɒm əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈhoʊ mə- /


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

SYNONYMS FOR homograph

See homonym.

Related forms

hom·o·graph·ic [hom-uh-graf-ik, hoh-muh-] /ˌhɒm əˈgræf ɪk, ˌhoʊ mə-/, adjective

Can be confused

homograph homonym homophone (see synonym study at homonym)
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British Dictionary definitions for homographic


/ (ˈhɒməˌɡræf, -ˌɡrɑːf) /


one of a group of words spelt in the same way but having different meaningsCompare heteronym

Derived Forms

homographic, adjective
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