Heteronym meaning

hĕtər-ə-nĭm
A word with the same spelling as another or others, but with different meaning and pronunciation (Ex.: tear, a drop of water from the eye, and tear, to rip)
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One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (rō), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).
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(linguistics) A word having the same spelling as another, but a different pronunciation and meaning.

Agape, "astonished" or "wide open," is a heteronym of agape, "Christian love."

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(literature) A fictitious character created by an author for the purpose of writing in a different style.
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Origin of heteronym

  • Back-formation from heteronymous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined around 1900, either from hetero- (“different”) +‎ -onym (“name”) or from Ancient Greek ἑτερώνυμος (heterōnumos), or perhaps both.

    From Wiktionary