Definition of homograph in English:

homograph

Line breaks: homo|graph
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒməgrɑːf
 
, ˈhəʊm-/

noun

  • Each of two or more words spelled the same but not necessarily pronounced the same and having different meanings and origins (e.g. bow1 and bow2).
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    • They may, however, be put off by homographs and polysemous words, such as the various uses of ‘bank’ and ‘crane’.
    • But there are huge numbers of homophones that are also homographs: pen ‘writing implement’, pen ‘enclosure for animals’, and pen ‘penitentiary’, to choose a textbook example.
    • Other homographs have known to cause problems even for native speakers.

Derivatives

homographic

adjective
More example sentences
  • The book ignores such words as ball, bound, and plane, which are both homophonic and homographic.
  • Homographic puns make use of multiple meanings from a single spelling (e.g., ‘pen’ for writing instrument or animal enclosure).

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