heteronym

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heteronym two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation "the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heteronym That which is heteronymous; a thing having a different name or designation from some other thing; -- opposed to homonym.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heteronym A word having a different sound and meaning from another, but the same spelling, as lead, conduct, and lead, a metal: distinguished from homonym in a narrow sense—that is, a word having the same sound as another, but not the same spelling.
    • n heteronym A different name of the same thing; a name in one language precisely translating a name in another language; a linguistic synonym, having literally the same meaning as some other word of another language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heteronym het′er-o-nim a word spelled like another, but with a different sound and meaning, as lead, to guide; lead, the metal
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. heteros, other, onoma, a name.

Usage


In news:

In the lingo of the National Puzzlers' League (NPL), a heteronym is a word or phrase that is spelled the same as another word or phrase, except perhaps for spaces.
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