[ 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.”

Nearby words

  1. homogentisuria,
  2. homogeny,
  3. homogonous,
  4. homogony,
  5. homograft,
  6. homographic,
  7. homoio-,
  8. homoiotherm,
  9. homoiothermal,
  10. homoiothermic

Origin of homograph

First recorded in 1800–10; homo- + -graph

SYNONYMS FOR homograph
See homonym.

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)

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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 Formshomographic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for homographic



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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