Definition of homophone in US English:

homophone

noun

  • 1Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.

    Compare with homograph, homonym
    For example, new and knew
    • ‘In my own pronunciation, for example, latter and ladder are homophones, unless I'm trying hard to convey the distinction.’
    • ‘Because of the risk of confusion between homophones, the words were first read in a sentence.’
    • ‘Participants were instructed to respond with the first associated word that came to mind after hearing the homophone.’
    • ‘But there are huge numbers of homophones that are also homographs: pen ‘writing implement’, pen ‘enclosure for animals’, and pen ‘penitentiary’, to choose a textbook example.’
    • ‘Apart from the distressing number of literals and homophones which infest my proof copy, my main criticism is that the author never quite succeeds in bringing her subject into full view.’
    • ‘Technical limitations in the current study meant that the order in which the homophones were presented could not be separately randomised for each participant.’
    • ‘It is interesting to note that of the 18 homophones that were common to both experiments, the same response bias was observed in 16 of them.’
    • ‘Plus I have a curious form of dyslexia when I type: rather than the word I intend to write, I write a homophone of the same word.’
    • ‘There are very few different surnames in China, and the fact that the Chinese language depends so much on tones (not indicated in Pinyin) increases the number of apparent homophones and near homophones.’
    • ‘She thinks that people who mix up homophones (like stationary for stationery) ought to have bricks thrown through their windows.’
    • ‘Over time, the computer program learned to produce the correct meanings and pronunciations for almost all the words, including homophones such as ‘plane’ and ‘plain.’’
    • ‘You merely assumed that was the homophone I meant.’
    • ‘The vase shape symbolizes peace, because the Chinese word for ‘vase’ is a homophone for the word for ‘peace’.’
    • ‘I've never been good with homophones or homonyms.’
    • ‘Participants were presented with homophones and asked to report the first associated word that came to mind.’
    • ‘They were not told that the words they would hear were homophones.’
    1. 1.1 Each of a set of symbols denoting the same sound or group of sounds.

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