What Does Homophone Mean?

(What does the dictionary online word Homophone mean?)
Homophone means... Two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)
Dictionary Word: Homophone | Part of speech: noun



Hom'o·phone

n. [Cf. F.homophone. See Homophonous.] 1. Aletter or character which expresses a like sound with another.Gliddon.

2. A word having the same sound as another,but differing from it in meaning and usually in spelling; as,all and awl; bare and bear; rite,write, right, and wright.

{ Ho`mo*phon"ic Ho*moph"o*nous }a. [Gr. &?;; &?; the same + &?; sound, tone: cf. F.homophone.] 1. (Mus.)(a) Originally, sounding alike; of the samepitch; unisonous; monodic. (b) Now usedfor plain harmony, note against note, as opposed to polyphonicharmony, in which the several parts move independently, each with itsown melody.

2. Expressing the same sound by a differentcombination of letters; as, bay and bey.

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