Definition of homonymy in US English:



  • See homonym

    • ‘Ear (of corn) and ear (the organ) are examples of homonymy, because etymologically the former derives from Old English éar while the latter derives from Old English éare.’
    • ‘Some ambiguities are merely ‘chance homonymies’ - as with the Greek word ‘kleis’ which means both ‘bolt’ and ‘collar-bone’.’
    • ‘Rather, I'm interested in homonymy - in particular, the word quire.’
    • ‘But, beyond that, homonymy seems to have been, even for Plato, no more than a source of ambiguity for wordplay.’
    • ‘You may have noticed that homonymy and polysemy are very similar.’