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homophone

A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and/or spelling. “Flower” and “flour” are homophones because they are pronounced the same but you certainly can’t bake a cake using daffodils.

Other common homophones are write and right, meet and meat, peace and piece. You have to listen to the context to know which word someone means if they’re spoken aloud. If they say they like your jeans (genes?), they’re probably talking about your pants and not your height and eye color — but you’d have to figure it out from the situation!

Definitions of homophone
  1. noun
    two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)
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    homonym
    two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
Commonly confused words

homonym / homophone / homograph

This word set can be confusing, even for word geeks. Let's start with the basics. A homograph is a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different sound and a different meaning.

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