Homophone



[hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh-] /ˈhɒm əˌfoʊn, ˈhoʊ mə-/

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.
/ˈhɒməˌfəʊn/
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
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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