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Homonyms - Glossary of Terms


Homonyms

A homonym is a word that is pronounced the same as another word with a different meaning. The two words usually having different spellings.  The following are homonyms:

Examples:

bear and bare
site, sight and cite
pike and pike (the fish and the weapon) 
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. ("flies" - the noun and the verb) (Groucho Marx quote)
Fine for dumping (< This example from a sign has two homonyms.)


Interactive example:

 
This is a good place to catch flatfish, particularly plaice and flounder. [show me the homonyms]
 
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Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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