- Heteronymous is defined as words that are different but that have a common relationship.
An example of words that are heteronymous are the words "brother" and "sister" which are different but have a common relationship in that the brother is the sibling of the sister and vice versa.
heteronymous definition by Webster's New World
- of, or having the nature of, a heteronym
- having different names: said as of a pair of correlatives: “son” and “daughter” are heteronymous
- designating or of the two crossed images of something seen when the eyes are focused at a point beyond it
Origin: Classical Greek heterōnymos ; from hetero, hetero- plush onyma, name
- heteronymously adverb
heteronymous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being, relating to, or of the nature of a heteronym.
- Being different names or terms but having correspondence or interrelationship, as mother and daughter.
Origin: From Late Greek heterōnumos, from Greek, with a different denominator : Greek hetero-, hetero- + Greek onoma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.