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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homophone
1843, from Gk. homos "same" (see same) + phone "sound" (see fame).
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