Definition of homophone in 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
    • ‘Participants were instructed to respond with the first associated word that came to mind after hearing the homophone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Participants were presented with homophones and asked to report the first associated word that came to mind.’
    • ‘I've never been good with homophones or homonyms.’
    • ‘In my own pronunciation, for example, latter and ladder are homophones, unless I'm trying hard to convey the distinction.’
    • ‘They were not told that the words they would hear were homophones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vase shape symbolizes peace, because the Chinese word for ‘vase’ is a homophone for the word for ‘peace’.’
    • ‘You merely assumed that was the homophone I meant.’
    • ‘She thinks that people who mix up homophones (like stationary for stationery) ought to have bricks thrown through their windows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Technical limitations in the current study meant that the order in which the homophones were presented could not be separately randomised for each participant.’
    • ‘Because of the risk of confusion between homophones, the words were first read in a sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Each of a set of symbols denoting the same sound or group of sounds.

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