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homophone

noun ho·mo·phone \ˈhä-mə-ˌfōn, ˈhō-\

: a word that is pronounced like another word but is different in meaning, origin, or spelling

Full Definition of HOMOPHONE

1
:  one of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or derivation or spelling (as the words to, too, and two)
2
:  a character or group of characters pronounced the same as another character or group
ho·moph·o·nous \hō-ˈmä-fə-nəs\ adjective

Examples of HOMOPHONE

  1. To, too, and two are homophones.

Origin of HOMOPHONE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1843

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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