homophony

[ huh-mof-uh-nee, hoh- ]
/ həˈmɒf ə ni, hoʊ- /

noun

the quality or state of being homophonic.
homophonic music.

Nearby words

  1. homophobic,
  2. homophone,
  3. homophones,
  4. homophonic,
  5. homophonous,
  6. homophyly,
  7. homoplastic,
  8. homoplastic graft,
  9. homoplasty,
  10. homoplasy

Origin of homophony

1770–80; < Greek homophōnía unison, equivalent to homóphōn(os) homophonous + -ia -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for homophony

homophony

/ (hɒˈmɒfənɪ) /

noun

the linguistic phenomenon whereby words of different origins become identical in pronunciation
part music composed in a homophonic style
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Word Origin and History for homophony

homophony

n.

1776, from French homophonie, from Greek homophonia (see homophone).

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