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One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (rō), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).

[Back-formation from heteronymous.]


(Linguistics) one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt 'bow' are heteronyms. Compare homograph
[C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name]
heteronymous adj
ˌheterˈonymously adv


(ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm)

a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
[1880–85; < Late Greek heterṓnymos. See hetero-, -onym]
het`er•on′y•mous (-əˈrɒn ə məs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heteronym - two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation; "the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym"
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"
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Fernando Pessoa created a heteronym inspired by Verde using the name Alberto Caeiro; Caeiro, in turn, had Alvaro de Campos--another fictitious Pessoan poet--as his disciple.
Yet, both SFAI's announcement of Cidade's lecture and the Tate's collection file make no mention of Bahia, I now understand that this is the actual Cidade and not someone posing as the fictional artist or Bahia's creations of objects for her heteronym.
Playful reinscription is intentional, however, as her own adopted persona later in the text, a heteronym, further obscures her identity.
Each word is a heteronym of a pronoun that is part of a contraction; that is, each word changes pronunciation when an apostrophe is appropriately inserted.
Beyond the traditional reading of this turbulent poetic creation as an imaginary maritime journey through a plurality of sensations, del Pozo Ortea examines the epic work of this heteronym,--the writing personality who, perhaps, best reflected the psychic energies of Pessoa--, in the light of the ten Sephiroth representing the Jewish Kabbalah's "Path of the Arrow.
The logic of his attack lay precisely in the public revelation by Jacques Laurent, the serious writer, of his heteronym Cecil Saint-Laurent, the popular author of erotic bestsellers.
Sorry, I had to revive an old heteronym to grab your eye
The heteronym is perhaps the most difficult for the student.
For example, the English word "cheese" cannot be completely identified with its standard Russian heteronym [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [sir], because cottage cheese is a cheese but not a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Although the gallery undoubtedly intended to mount a retrospective of the work of Scott Redford, this Gold Coast-born gay Pop bricoleur had for his part decided to devote half the show to the work of his recently invented heteronym, Reinhardt Dammn, "a 22-year-old surfer/artist/singer who lives at Tugun.
Mostly written in the style of the Portuguese heteronym master, Fernando Pessoa, Semog's poems in Curetagem are nihilistic at best, drawing different portraits of a soul who has lost it all and has become, as in "Eu, o lixo eu," the dregs of society:
Her book Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person (2001) represents a transcreation of the cycle O Guardador de Rebanhos by Alberto Caeiro, a heteronym of the Portuguese modernist poet Fernando Pessoa, written between 1912-1915.