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Definition of "homograph" [hom•o•graph]

  • One of two or more words that have the same spelling but differ in origin, meaning, and sometimes pronunciation, such as fair (pleasing in appearance) and fair (market) or wind (wĭnd) and wind (wīnd). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "homograph" in a sentence
  • "Homographs - A homograph is a word that is spelt the same, but has a different meaning."
  • "If he starts from that position, he could then argue that reducing “all right” to an “alright” that * means the same thing* as (the acceptable-in-writing) “all right” is illogical (it would be creating, in effect, a new homograph to ‘alright’)."
  • "Technically a homonym is both a homophone (different words that sound the same) and a homograph (different words that are spelled the same)."