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One of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling.
ho·moph′o·nous (hō-mŏf′ə-nəs) adj.
1. (Linguistics) one of a group of words pronounced in the same way but differing in meaning or spelling or both, as for example bear and bare
2. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a written letter or combination of letters that represents the same speech sound as another: 'ph' is a homophone of 'f' in English.
hom•o•phone(ˈhɒm əˌfoʊn, ˈhoʊ mə-)
1. a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.
2. a written element that represents the same spoken unit as another, as ks, a homophone of x in English.
[1615–25; back formation from homophonous]
syn: See homonym.
A word with the same sound as another word but with a different meaning and spelling.