The definition of a homonym is a word that has the same pronunciation and sometimes the same spelling as another, but has a different meaning.
An example of a homonym is the word "ant" (an insect) and "aunt" (your parent's sister).
- a word with the same pronunciation as another but with a different meaning, origin, and, usually, spelling (Ex.: bore and boar); homophone
- loosely a homograph
- either of two people with the same name; namesake
- Taxonomy a name for a genus, species, etc. unsuitable because already used for another classification
Origin of homonymFrench homonyme from Classical Latin homonymus from Classical Greek hom?nymos, having the same name from homos, same + onyma, name
- One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as bank (embankment) and bank (place where money is kept).
- a. A word used to designate several different things.b. A namesake.
- Biology A taxonomic name identical to one previously applied to a different species or other taxon and therefore unacceptable in its new use.
Origin of homonymLatin homōnymum from Greek homōnumon from neuter of homōnumos homonymous ; see homonymous .
- (semantics, strict sense) A word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning.
- (loosely) A word that sounds or is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning, technically called a homophone (same sound) or a homograph (same spelling).
- (taxonomy) A name for a taxon that is identical in spelling to another name that belongs to a different taxon.
- Homonyms (in the looser sense) are divided into the two overlapping subcategories homographs and homophones. Examples:
homo- + -onym