Definitions

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

  • n. One of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A letter or group of letters which are pronounced the same as another letter or group of letters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A letter or character which expresses a like sound with another.
  • n. A word having the same sound as another, but differing from it in meaning and usually in spelling

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A letter or character expressing a like sound with another.
  • n. A word having the same sound as another, but differing in meaning and usually in derivation, and often in spelling; a homonym.
  • n. Same as homophony.

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

  • n. two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)

Etymologies

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homo- + -phone

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