: one of two or more homographs (such as a bass voice and bass, a fish) that differ in pronunciation and meaning
Examples of heteronym in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is Saramago’s novel about a heteronym’s return to Portugal from Brazil after Pessoa dies—Reis has conversations with the dead Pessoa, too, not with the ghost of Pessoa but dead Pessoa himself.
Damion Searls, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2021
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