paronomasia

noun
par·​o·​no·​ma·​sia | \ ˌper-ə-nō-ˈmā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce paronomasia (audio) , ˌpa-rə-; ˌpa-ˌrä-nə-ˈmā- \

Definition of paronomasia

: a play on words : pun

Other Words from paronomasia

paronomastic \ ˌper-​ə-​nō-​ˈma-​stik How to pronounce paronomastic (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ ; ˌpa-​ˌrä-​nə-​ˈma-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of paronomasia

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paronomasia

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

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“Paronomasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paronomasia. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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