from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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).
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- n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of two or more words identical in orthography, but having different derivations and meanings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. two words are homographs if they are spelled the same way but differ in meaning (e.g. fair)
Homographs - A homograph is a word that is spelt the same, but has a different meaning.
If he starts from that position, he could then argue that reducing “all right” to an “alright” that * means the same thing* as (the acceptable-in-writing) “all right” is illogical (it would be creating, in effect, a new homograph to ‘alright’).
Technically a homonym is both a homophone (different words that sound the same) and a homograph (different words that are spelled the same).
I think what bothers me isn't the word itself, but the fear of using the word sewer because it is a homograph.
Interestingly, in appears that in the scientific literature "homophone" and "homograph" mean the same thing, which explains why there are so many papers about mispronouncing homophones.
A heteronym is a homograph with differing meaning and pronunciation.
Interesting that the homograph and heteronym pages missed a few, like Nice/nice.
The phrase 'body of Christ' is a homograph: it has two distinct meanings.
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.
She's German but the homograph was entirely deliberate.