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[hom-uh-fohn, hoh-muh-] /ˈhɒm əˌfoʊn, ˈhoʊ mə-/
Phonetics. a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.
a written element that represents the same spoken unit as another, as ks, a homophone of x in English.
Origin of homophone
1615-25; back formation from homophonous
Can be confused
homograph, homonym, homophone (see synonym study at homonym)
See homonym. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for homophone


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
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 and History for homophone

1843, from the adjective homophone (1620s), from Greek homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + phone "sound" (see fame (n.)). Related: Homophonic.

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