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homonym

noun hom·onym \ˈhä-mə-ˌnim, ˈhō-\

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

Full Definition of HOMONYM

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
:  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
hom·onym·ic \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

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation

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