Definition of heteronym in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛtərə(ʊ)nɪm/


1Each of two or more words which are spelled identically but have different sounds and meanings, such as tear meaning ‘rip’ and tear meaning ‘liquid from the eye’.
2Each of two or more words which are used to refer to the identical thing in different geographical areas of a speech community, such as nappy and diaper.
3Each of two words having the same meaning but derived from unrelated sources, for example preface and foreword. Contrasted with paronym.



Pronunciation: /hɛtərə(ʊ)ˈnɪmɪk/
Example sentences
  • Insofar as ‘the apostles’ teachings’ refer to their activities while ministering with Him, you have at least the beginnings of a persuasive case; but your assertion that ‘Lord’ is heteronymic loses force since it is the Hebrew that is translated into Greek, and not vice-versa.


Pronunciation: /hɛtərˈɒnɪməs/

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Line breaks: het¦ero|nym

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