homophone

[hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh-]
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.

Origin:
1615–25; back formation from homophonous

homograph, homonym, homophone (see synonym study at homonym).


See homonym.
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homophone (ˈhɒməˌfəʊn)
 
n
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 & History

homophone
1843, from Gk. homos "same" (see same) + phone "sound" (see fame).
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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences
Then he goes further by including two homophones of his last name.
Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
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