from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being, relating to, or of the nature of a heteronym.
  • adj. Being different names or terms but having correspondence or interrelationship, as mother and daughter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to a heteronym
  • adj. Being different words, but having a common relationship e.g. brother and sister are siblings of each other

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having different names or designations; standing in opposite relations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, of the nature of, or having a heteronym.
  • Of a different name: specifically, in optics, said of the double images of an object as seen under certain conditions. See homonymous.


From Late Greek heterōnumos, from Greek, with a different denominator : Greek hetero-, hetero- + Greek onoma, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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