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

  • noun The quality or condition of being homophonic.
  • noun Homophonic music.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sameness of sound.
  • noun In music: In ancient music, unison, or music in unison: opposed to antiphony.
  • noun In modern music, monody; monophony: opposed to polyphony.
  • noun Also homophone.

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

  • noun Sameness of sound.
  • noun Sameness of sound; unison.
  • noun Plain harmony, as opposed to polyphony. See Homophonous.

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

  • noun music a texture in which two or more parts move together in harmony, the relationship between them creating chords.
  • noun The quality of being homophonous.

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

  • noun part music with one dominant voice (in a homophonic style)
  • noun the same pronunciation for words of different origins


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homo- + -phony


  • He based this on the homophony and homography of the first singular, and 'homophony' of the 2nd singular pronoun.

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  • However, despite their surface homophony, the underlying phonemic structure of “set” and “said” are sufficiently different as to render them very unlikely candidates for human confusion.

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  • Akkadian also inherited homophony from Sumerian, the capacity of different signs to represent the same sound.

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  • The word Cicero uses, lectulus, meant not just a bed for sleeping, but one for conversation and study — perhaps because of its partial homophony with legere, lectus, "gather by picking" (like flowers) and "read."

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  • Akkadian also inherited homophony from Sumerian, the capacity of different signs to represent the same sound.

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  • In most well-written homophony, the parts that are not melody may still have a lot of melodic interest.

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  • Strict homophony prevails in the motets for the Elevation of the Host.

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  • The use of a cantus firmus was not essential, while big intervals in the melodic lines, chromaticism and homophony in crucial places were all allowed to help the understanding of the words.

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  • The majority of Pedro de Cristo's surviving works are, however, written for four or five voices and in a predominantly imitative style although homophony is the basic texture in the settings of responsories and psalms, and short homorhythmic passages are common in other works.

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  • These consorts show a rich vein of imagination, contrasting polyphony with homophony, and simple diatonic with chromatic passages, so that the contrapuntal devices act as a backdrop to the expression of intimate, fluctuating emotions.

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  • The longest common word using typewriter letters for the right hand. See also polyphony.

    --Chris Cole, Wordplay (See comment under "Wordplay List".)

    May 25, 2008