Simple Definition of homonym
: a word that is spelled and pronounced like another word but is different in meaning
Full Definition of homonym
2 : namesake
3 : a taxonomic designation rejected as invalid because the identical term has been used to designate another group of the same rank — compare synonym
Examples of homonym
The noun “bear” and the verb “bear” are homonyms.
Origin of homonym
Latin homonymum, from Greek homōnymon, from neuter of homōnymos
First Known Use: 1697
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