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What is a homophone?

 

Definition
 

A homophone is a

 
  • group of two or more letters representing the same speech sound, or
  • homonym (sense 1).
 
See also:

homograph

Examples
 

Here are some examples of homophones in English listed according to the senses above:

 
  • Letters with the same speech sound:

    • c in city
    • s in song
  • Homonyms:

    • two
    • too
Sources
 

Neufeldt 1991 647


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