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-
: a play on words : pun
paronomastic
ˌper-ə-nō-ˈma-stik How to pronounce paronomasia (audio)
ˌpa-rə-;
ˌpa-ˌrä-nə-ˈma-
adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paronomasia was in 1577

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“Paronomasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paronomasia. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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