Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. What is a Homonym? The term homonym is a somewhat ambiguous term if you are looking to contrast it with homographs and homophones.
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Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. What is a Homonym? The term homonym is a somewhat ambiguous term if you are looking to contrast it with homographs and homophones. Should it be their spelling or their pronunciation? The answer, of course, is that both should be taken into consideration. Homonyms, therefore, are defined as two or more words that share the same spelling, or the same pronunciation, or both, but have different meanings.
In this sense, homonyms are sort of an overarching umbrella that homographs and homophones both fall under. If you are speaking about homonyms, you are speaking broadly about words with different meanings but similar spellings or sounds.
If you are talking about homographs or homophones, you are talking about a more specific word set underneath the homonym label. What is a Homograph? A homograph is one of two or more words that are spelled alike but not necessarily pronounced alike and have different meanings.
This usually arises from two words having different origins. When used as a verb, bear can to carry, convey, and endure, among other things. Homographs are not limited to noun-verb differences, however. A homograph can be any two or more words with the same spelling but different meanings. In another instance, it means twice a week. Or perhaps you had the know that is tied in mind. These words have different meanings and different pronunciations, but they are spelled exactly the same.
What is a Homophone? A homophone is one of two or more words that are pronounced the same but differ in their meaning, origin, or spelling. The difference between homographs and homophones is that homophones must be pronounced alike. But they need to be pronounced the same. There are many many examples of homophones. To sum up, Homonyms can refer to both homographs and homophones. Homographs are words that are spelled alike but not always pronounced the same.
Homophones are words that are pronounced alike but not always spelled the same.
What’s The Difference Between A “Homograph,” “Homonym,” And “Homophone”?
The ending —graph means drawn or written, so a homograph has the same spelling. The —phone ending means sound or voice, so a homophone has the same pronunciation. Depending on whom you talk to, homonym means either: A word that is spelled like another but has a different sound and meaning homograph ; a word that sounds like another but has a different spelling and meaning homophone OR A word that is spelled and pronounced like another but has a different meaning homograph and homophone So does a homonym have to be both a homograph and a homophone, or can it be just one or the other? As with most things in life, it depends on whom you ask. In the strictest sense, a homonym must be both a homograph and a homophone. So say many dictionaries.
Homonym vs. Homophone
Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. Homographs