paronomasia


par·o·no·ma·sia

noun \ˌpa-rə-nō-ˈmā-zh(ē-)ə, ˌpa-ˌrä-nə-ˈmā-\

Definition of PARONOMASIA

:  a play on words :  pun
par·o·no·mas·tic \-ˈmas-tik\ adjective

Origin of PARONOMASIA

Latin, from Greek, from paronomazein to call with a slight change of name, from para- + onoma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1577

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