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Words that have the same pronunciation but different spelling or meaning or both, such as write and right, threw and through, or rest (relaxation) and rest (remainder). Homophones are one ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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Music
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10 words

... 2 harp strings tuned to produce the same...

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

...Homophone . One of two or more words that are identical in sound but different in spelling and meaning: beer/bier, there/their/they’re . The occurrence of homophones is largely a matter of historical chance, in which words with distinct meanings come to coincide phonologically: byre a cowshed, buyer one who buys. Words may be homophones in one variety of English but not another: father/farther and for/four are homophonous in RP, but not in AmE and ScoE; wails/Wales are general homophones; wails/Wales/whales are homophones for many, but not in...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... A word that is pronounced in the same way as another word but differs in meaning and/or in spelling; thus a kind of homonym . Examples of this identity of sound, known as homophony , include maid/made and left (opposite of right)/ left (abandoned). Homophony is often exploited in puns . Adjective : homophonic...

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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2014
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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167 words

...types of semantic identity: homonymy and polysemy .…[A]ll homonyms are by definition also homophones. Examples are: bank : bank (of a river; ‘financial institution’) feat : feet hole : whole no : know none : nun pupil : pupil (of the eye; ‘student’) stare : stair Some English pairs are homophones in some accents, but not in others. For example: saw : sore pore : pour wine : whine • homophonic , homophonous , homophony . Compare heteronym...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015
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...homophone , a word having the same sound as another but a different meaning, origin, or spelling. Homophones are a major feature of English, to the bafflement of many of its spellers, and the delight of punsters. A short list (in which the examples assume each word is pronounced in RP): air/heir, aloud/allowed, cue/queue, heal/heel, hear/here, hoard/horde, pair/pare/pear, peak/peek/pique, pore/pour, rains/reins/reigns, site/sight/cite, stationary/stationery, their/there, vain/vein. Near-homonyms like affect/effect, descent/dissent, eminent/imminent also...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • alone , atone, Beaune, bemoan, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown, foreshown, groan, grown, half-tone, home-grown, hone, Joan, known, leone, loan, lone, mephedrone, moan, Mon, mown, ochone, outflown, outgrown, own, phone, pone, prone, Rhône, roan, rone, sewn, shown, Simone, Sloane, Soane, sone, sown, stone, strown, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, Tyrone, unbeknown, undersown, windblown, zone • Dione • backbone • hambone • breastbone • aitchbone • tail bone , whalebone • ...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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71 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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71 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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34 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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33 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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33 words
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Words that have the same pronunciation but different spelling or meaning or both, such as write and right, threw and through, or rest (relaxation) and rest (remainder). Homophones are one of the two ...
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Music
2 harp str. tuned to produce the same note.
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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2014
Subject:
Linguistics
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19 words

... Forms which are homonyms, at least phonetically. Often therefore of ones spelled differently: e.g. tier and tear ...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n . Words that have the same pronunciation but different spelling or meaning or both, such as write and right, threw and through , or rest (relaxation) and rest (remainder). Homophones are one of the two major classes of homonyms . Compare heterographs , homographs , homonyms . [From Greek homos same + phone ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • aldermanic , botanic, Brahmanic, Britannic, epiphanic, galvanic, Germanic, Hispanic, interoceanic, Koranic, manganic, manic, mechanic, messianic, oceanic, organic, panic, Puranic, Romanic, satanic, shamanic, talismanic, titanic, transoceanic, tympanic, volcanic • anthropogenic , arsenic, autogenic, callisthenic ( US calisthenic), carcinogenic, cariogenic, cryogenic, erotogenic, eugenic, fennec, hallucinogenic, Hellenic, hypo-allergenic, photogenic, pyrogenic, radiogenic, schizophrenic, telegenic • polytechnic , pyrotechnic, technic • Chetnik...

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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26 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
26 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
26 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
53 words

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