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A Homophone is a spoken word in a homophony relation with another (identically Pronounced) spoken word (that has a different referent).

  • Example(s):
    • knight and night;
    • a Homograph, such as: bank (river) and bank (organization).
  • Counter-Example(s):
  • See: Homograph, Homonym.



  • (Wikipedia, 2018) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/homophone Retrieved:2018-11-8.
    • A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too. The term "homophone" may also apply to units longer or shorter than words, such as phrases, letters, or groups of letters which are pronounced the same as another phrase, letter, or group of letters. Any unit with this property is said to be "homophonous".

      Homophones that are spelled the same are also both homographs and homonyms. [1]

      Homophones that are spelled differently are also called heterographs.

  1. According to the strict sense of homonyms as words with the same spelling and pronunciation; however, homonyms according to the loose sense common in nontechnical contexts are words with the same spelling or pronunciation, in which case all homophones are also homonyms. Random House Unabridged Dictionary entry for "homonym" at Dictionary.com