Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Homonym

Definition: 

Here are three senses of homonym.

  • A word that has the same pronunciation as another. Homonyms differ from each other in:
    • meaning
    • origin
    • usually spelling
  • Loosely, a homograph
  • Either of two people with the same name
    Examples: 

    Here are some examples of homonyms in English listed according to sense:

    • Words with the same pronunciation but different in meaning:
      • bore and boar
      • two and too
    • Homographs (words with the same spelling but different in meaning):
      • bow 'to bend'
      • bow 'a decorative knot'
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    Also Known As: 
    Homophone (12436)
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