from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric. For example, I led the pigeons to the flag for I pledge allegiance to the flag.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase
- n. A misunderstanding of a written or spoken phrase as a result of multiple definitions.
After (Lady) Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the line (hae laid) him on the green, from the song "The Bonny Earl of Murray”.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Sylvia Wright in Harper’s Magazine (The Death of Lady Mondegreen, Nov 1954) from a mishearing of a line in the Scottish ballad The Bonny Earl of Murray: "They hae slay the Earl of Murray, / And laid him on the green" (misheard as “Lady Mondegreen”). (Wiktionary)