from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (rō), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word having the same spelling as another, but a different pronunciation and meaning.
- n. A fictitious character created by an author for the purpose of writing in a different style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is heteronymous; a thing having a different name or designation from some other thing; -- opposed to homonym.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation
A heteronym is a homograph with differing meaning and pronunciation.
Their stories were varied enough that some of their pennames conveyed a "heteronym," a term coined by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa who wrote his poetry and prose under a variety of pen names.
Interesting that the homograph and heteronym pages missed a few, like Nice/nice.
Also, can you imagine this ad featuring, say, a male basketball player and the phrase “unstoppable charm”? heteronym 11:50 am on February 19, 2009 | # | Reply
Neither's completely perfect for instance a homograph doesn't imply that the pronunciation is different and the heteronym doesn't imply that the meaning need be different.
Thus the lines and philosophical essays he attributed to himself (many of them rather bad) also belong to a heteronym.
Carl Withey Elbridge, New York Donald Drury Long Beach, California A Harvest of Heteronyms Try these out on the first ten people you meet: (1) homonym, (2) homograph, (3) heteronym.
The former gives heteronym as "a word with the same spelling as another but with a different meaning and pronunciation (Ex: tear, drop of water from the eye, tear, to rip)"; the latter says,
My guess is that all ten of them will know homonym, fewer than half will be familiar with homograph, and possibly one or two may recognize heteronym.
It’s not like finding some trappings for some culture funny is boiling that culture down to something to be laughed at, and it’s not disrespectful to embrace and be amused by kitsch, whether it’s your own or someone else’s. heteronym 1:54 pm on February 3, 2009 | # | Reply
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