- The definition of a homophone is one of two or more words that sound the same but that mean different things.
An example of a set of homophones is the word "beat" which could mean something the stroke made on a drum and the word "beet" which is a red root vegetable.
- any of two or more letters or groups of letters representing the same speech sound (Ex.: c in civil and s in song)
- homonym (sense )
Origin of homophone; from Classical Greek homophōnos: see homophonic
A homophone is a type of homonym in the loose sense of that term (a word which sounds or is spelled the same as another). (The strict sense of homonym is a word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word.) A homograph is a word with the same spelling as another but a completely unrelated meaning. Homographs are not necessarily homophones.
homo- + -phone