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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)
References in classic literature ?
Mnemic homophony gives us, without the addition of other processes of thought, a picture of our friend X which is in a certain sense abstract, not the concrete in any one situation, but X cut loose from any particular point of time.
In addition to external observable habits (including the habit of words), there is also the generic image produced by the superposition, or, in Semon's phrase, homophony, of a number of similar perceptions.
Other problems in this piece include a busy violin II reconstruction for the first allegro; the style of the piece implies that the part originally progressed in either homophony or unison with the first violin.
However, there might have been yet another reason which narrrowed down the use of the term, notably, its complete or close homophony with the lexeme saum ~ soum ~ saam 'corner', which is widely used in the Veps language.
Thematic transformation is also given due focus, with contrapuntal devices of interruptio, hyperbole, and trilletto serving ultimately to morph Baroque polyphony into galant homophony.
Finally, in this sketchy overview of (some of) the main problems of WFR, a couple of words about a phenomenon which has been relatively little studied by linguists: I mean the formations that French linguists call 'mots-valises' (literally 'suitcase-words') which are formed via fusion of two words that present partial homophony such as motel from motor-h(ot)el, or even just a blending of two words such as eurovision from Europe and television, Franglais from francais + anglais or Spanglish from Spanish + English.
The noticeable connection between these words, in the first instance because of their homophony in French, enables the practitioner to point towards a possible unconscious process preventing the patient from eating.
Meanwhile, for reasons that shall emerge, the text reiterates playfully the "see/sea" homophony.
Characteristic of his sacred music was the alternation of imitative counterpoint and homophony, as well as the frequent employment of syllabic declamation of all the vocals, especially in the places with important lyrics.
As regards the types of associated avoidance terms in Kayan and their lexical sources, the following may be said: The use of kelihau for both, the 'deceased' and the 'ox' in the Baram is an issue of homophony, while the designation of women who died in childbirth as 'dead leaves' is self-explanatory.
5) The near homophony in English is a fortuitous coincidence.
I begin with line 51, which offers a unique example of homophony, a principle which we will have several occasions to note below but in a different form.