[ hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh- ]
/ ˈhɒm əˌfoʊn, ˈhoʊ mə- /
Phonetics. a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.
a written element that represents the same spoken unit as another, as ks, a homophone of x in English.
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Origin of homophone
First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from homophonous
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British Dictionary definitions for homophone
/ (ˈhɒməˌfəʊn) /
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
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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