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hom·o·nym

 (hŏm′ə-nĭm′, hō′mə-)
n.
1. One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as bank (embankment) and bank (place where money is kept).
2.
a. A word used to designate several different things.
b. A namesake.
3. Biology A taxonomic name identical to one previously applied to a different species or other taxon and therefore unacceptable in its new use.

[Latin homōnymum, from Greek homōnumon, from neuter of homōnumos, homonymous; see homonymous.]

hom′o·nym′ic adj.

homonym

(ˈhɒmənɪm)
n
1. (Linguistics) one of a group of words pronounced or spelt in the same way but having different meanings. Compare homograph, homophone
2. a person with the same name as another
3. (Biology) biology a name for a species or genus that should be unique but has been used for two or more different organisms
[C17: from Latin homōnymum, from Greek homōnumon, from homōnumos of the same name; see homo-, -onym]
ˌhomoˈnymic, hoˈmonymous adj
ˌhomoˈnymity, hoˈmonymy n

hom•o•nym

(ˈhɒm ə nɪm)

n.
2. a word the same as another in sound and spelling but different in meaning, as chase “to pursue” and chase “to ornament metal.”
4. a namesake.
[1635–45; < Latin homōnymum < Greek homṓnymon, neuter of homṓnymos homonymous]
hom`o•nym′ic, adj.
syn: homonym, homophone, and homograph designate words that are identical to other words in spelling or pronunciation, or both, while differing from them in meaning and usu. in origin. homophones are words that sound alike, whether or not they are spelled differently. The words pear “fruit,” pare “cut off,” and pair “two of a kind” are homophones that are different in spelling; bear “carry; support” and bear “animal” are homophones that are spelled alike. homographs are words that are spelled identically but may or may not share a pronunciation. Spruce “tree” and spruce “neat” are homographs, but so are row (rō) “line” and row (rou) “fight” as well as sewer (so̅o̅′ər) “conduit for waste” and sewer (sō′ər) “person who sews.” homonyms are, in the strictest sense, both homophones and homographs, alike in spelling and pronunciation, as the two forms bear. homonym, however, is used more frequently than homophone, a technical term, when referring to words with the same pronunciation without regard to spelling. homonym is also used as a synonym of homograph. Thus, it has taken on a broader scope than either of the other two terms and is often the term of choice in a nontechnical context.

homonym

A word with the same sound (and sometimes the same spelling) as another word but with a different meaning.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homonym - two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
homograph - two words are homographs if they are spelled the same way but differ in meaning (e.g. fair)
homophone - two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)
Translations
homonymum
enslydende ord
homonim
homonima
eins-/samhljóîa
同音異義語同音語
homonimas
homonīms
homonymum
homonym
eş seslisesdeş

homonym

[ˈhɒmənɪm] Nhomónimo m

homonym

nHomonym nt

homonym

[ˈhɒmənɪm] nomonimo

homonym

(ˈhomənim) noun
a word having the same sound as another word, but a different meaning. The words `there' and `their' are homonyms.
References in classic literature ?
The Chevalier de Valois of Alencon was accepted by the highest aristocracy of the province as a genuine Valois; and he distinguished himself, like the rest of his homonyms, by excellent manners, which proved him a man of society.
In both of these cases, ambiguities were created by misconstrued homonyms.
Parsing out homonyms like 'made' and 'maid', controlling the record, clarifying inaudible comments, and working with the attorneys.
That haiku I wrote in third grade, the parent-teacher conference report that revealed my trouble with homonyms, the Valentine's Day puzzle I cut out by hand.
As a result, there are many homonyms," Ichikawa explained.
The latest indignity, and an insult to the reader, was an over-long novel on Kindle which included numerous mistaKes, demonstrating a variety of homonyms.
So begins a light-hearted, yet educational, romp through the concept of homonyms, which are words of identical spelling and pronounciation but different in meaning.
That provides confirmation of the intuition that the occurrences of 'paper' in both the phrase 'lined paper' and the phrase 'liberal paper' are not mere homonyms (since processing of a word is slowed down relative to a control when one sees a homonym of that word): instead, they are a single word with related meanings.
According to the Welsh Government's guidelines on CDAPs: "Children might enjoy word rhymes and homonyms and change some words slightly so that the meaning of the sentence changes to become humorous.
Apparently unaware of the existence of at least three Spanish language homonyms of "chino" with different significations, times and places of origin, there is a considerable research corpus inaccurately translating as "Chinese" the Mexican colonial name "chino," found in Mexican colonial documents from the late sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Confused homonyms have jostled with malapropisms to produce gems of misunderstanding such as 'Prospero's wicked brother usurped him and stole his birthmark.
In this regard, homophobia would include a fear of homonyms, homogeneity, and homogenized milk.