[ hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh- ]
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  1. Phonetics. a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.

  2. a written element that represents the same spoken unit as another, as ks, a homophone of x in English.

Origin of homophone

First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from homophonous

synonym study For homophone

See homonym.

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British Dictionary definitions for homophone


/ (ˈhɒməˌfəʊn) /

  1. one of a group of words pronounced in the same way but differing in meaning or spelling or both, as for example bear and bare

  2. a written letter or combination of letters that represents the same speech sound as another: ``ph'' is a homophone of ``f'' in English

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