hom·​on·​y·​mous | \ hō-ˈmä-nə-məs How to pronounce homonymous (audio) \

Definition of homonymous

2 : having the same designation
3 : of, relating to, or being homonyms

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Other Words from homonymous

homonymously adverb

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The "ambiguous" sense of homonymous refers mainly to words that have two or more meanings. In the 1600s, logicians and scientists who wanted to refer to (or complain about) such equivocal words chose a name for them based on Latin and Greek, from Greek hom- ("same") and onyma ("name"). In time, English speakers came up with another sense of homonymous, referring to two things having the same name (Hawaii, the state, and Hawaii, the island, for example). Next came the use of homonymous to refer to homonyms, such as see and sea. There's also a zoological sense. Sheep and goats whose right horn spirals to the right and left horn spirals to the left are said to be homonymous.

Examples of homonymous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country's most populous state, Sao Paulo, reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths for the second day running on Wednesday, even as its homonymous metropolis allowed shops to resume business and prepared to reopen its malls. Matthew Bodner, NBC News, "Moscow releases revised, and much higher, COVID-19 death toll for May," 11 June 2020 This means the news of Iggy collaborating with homonymous problematic cohort Azealia Banks puts a limp punctuation mark on this stage of Iggy’s second record. Dale Eisinger, Billboard, "Iggy Azalea Says the 'Digital Distortion' Rollout is Coming to an Abrupt End," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of homonymous

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homonymous

Latin homonymus having the same name, from Greek homōnymos, from hom- + onyma, onoma name — more at name

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“Homonymous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homonymous. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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hom·​on·​y·​mous | \ hō-ˈmän-ə-məs How to pronounce homonymous (audio) \

Medical Definition of homonymous

1 : affecting the same part of the visual field of each eye right homonymous hemianopia
2 : relating to or being diplopia in which the image that is seen by the right eye is to the right of the image that is seen by the left eye

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