Homonym

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Homonym Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    homonym n : two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
Homonym Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Homonym \Hom"o*nym\, n. [Cf. F. homonyme. See Homonymous.] A word having the same sound as another, but differing from it in meaning; as the noun bear and the verb bear. [Written also homonyme.]
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In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.

In non-technical contexts, the term "homonym" may be used (somewhat confusingly) to refer to words that are either homographs or homophones. In this looser sense, the words row (propel with oars) and row (argument) are considered homonyms, as are the words read (peruse) and reed (waterside plant).

The word homonym comes from the Greek ὁμώνυμος (homonumos), meaning "having the same name",. Thus, it refers to two or more distinct concepts sharing the "same name" or signifier. Note: for the h sound, see rough breathing and smooth breathing.

Several similar linguistic concepts are related to homonymy. These include:

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