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n. pl. ho·moph·o·nies
1. The quality or condition of being homophonic.
2. Homophonic music.


1. (Linguistics) the linguistic phenomenon whereby words of different origins become identical in pronunciation
2. (Music, other) part music composed in a homophonic style


(həˈmɒf ə ni, hoʊ-)

1. homophonic music.
2. the quality or state of being homophonous.
[1770–80; < Greek]


1. music in which one voice carries the melody, sometimes with a ehord accompaniment.
2. Obsolete, unison. Also called monody, monophony. — homophonous, adj.
See also: Music
the state or condition of a letter, word, or symbol having the same sound as another but a different meaning, regardless of sameness or difference in spelling, as choirlquire. — homophonic, homophonous, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homophony - the same pronunciation for words of different origins
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
2.homophony - part music with one dominant voice (in a homophonic style)
part music - vocal music for several voices in independent parts (usually performed without accompaniment)
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However, in order to distinguish meanings in a 'word family' there exist other strategies than stem/affix allomorphy: for example, to avoid homophonies Modern Mandarin has developed many bisyllabic compounds like shigao 'plaster' (lit.
And some are "homophonies" or imperfect homophones.
Siewierska (2004: 100) attributes complementarity of horizontal and vertical homophonies to the need to maintain a certain level of explicitness within person paradigms.