follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

heteronym

[het-er-uh-nim] /ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm/
noun
1.
a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Late Greek heterṓnymos. See hetero-, -onym
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for heteronym

heteronym

/ˈhɛtərəʊˌnɪm/
noun
1.
one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike the two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph
Derived Forms
heteronymous (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs) adjective
heteronymously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for heteronym

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for heteronym

17
0
Scrabble Words With Friends