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homophone

[hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh-]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of homophone

First recorded in 1615–25; back formation from homophonous
Can be confusedhomograph homonym homophone (see synonym study at homonym)

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British Dictionary definitions for homophones

homophone

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for homophones

homophone

n.

1843, from the adjective homophone (1620s), from Greek homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Related: Homophonic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

homophones in Culture

homophones

[(hom-uh-fohnz, hoh-muh-fohnz)]

Two words that sound alike. This category includes words that are spelled the same, such as trunk (of an elephant) and trunk (a storage chest), as well as words spelled differently, such as deer and dear.

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