List of Homonyms and Homophones

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List of Homonyms and Homophones

Post  Vincent Law on Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:24 am


Homonyms (also called homophones) are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. Some homonyms are spelled the same, like bark (the sound a dog makes) and bark (the outer layer of a tree trunk). Some homonyms are spelled differently, like one (the number) and won (having been victorious).

Note: The Columbia Guide to Standard English defines homophones as words that are pronounced alike and have different spellings (like flower and flour), and defines homonyms as a more general term that includes both homophones and words that are spelled alike and have different meanings (like bank [the edge of a river] and bank [a financial institution]).

However, the Random House Unabridged Dictionary (1993 edition) defines the terms homonym and homophone in such a way that each term includes words that are pronounced alike and have different spellings, and also words that are spelled alike and have different meanings.

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