Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of two or more words that have the same spelling but differ in origin, meaning, and sometimes pronunciation, such as fair (pleasing in appearance) and fair (market) or wind (wĭnd) and wind (wīnd).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In philology, a word which has exactly the same form as another, though of a different origin and signification: thus, base the adjective and base the noun, fair the adjective and fair the noun, are homographs. See homonym.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Philol.) One of two or more words identical in orthography, but having different derivations and meanings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A word that is spelled the same as another word, usually having a different etymology, such as "bear", the animal, and "bear", to support, to tolerate, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun two words are homographs if they are spelled the same way but differ in meaning (e.g. fair)

Etymologies

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From homo-, from Ancient Greek ὁμός (homos, "same") + -graph, from Ancient Greek γράφος (graphos, "that which is written").

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  • JM wonders if homograph is a homograph?

    April 6, 2011