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homonym

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noun hom·onym \ˈhä-mə-ˌnim, ˈhō-\

Simple Definition of homonym

  • : a word that is spelled and pronounced like another word but is different in meaning

Full Definition of homonym

  1. 1 a :  homophone b :  homograph c :  one of two or more words spelled and pronounced alike but different in meaning (as the noun quail and the verb quail)

  2. 2 :  namesake

  3. 3 :  a taxonomic designation rejected as invalid because the identical term has been used to designate another group of the same rank — compare synonym

hom·onym·ic play \ˌhä-mə-ˈni-mik, ˌhō-\ adjective

Examples of homonym

  1. 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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