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homophonous

Line breaks: hom|oph¦onous
Pronunciation: /həˈmɒf(ə)nəs
 
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Definition of homophonous in English:

adjective

1(Of music) homophonic.
Example sentences
  • It is a style of traditional homophonous singing.
  • Folk melodies are, without exception, homophonous.
2(Of a word or words) having the same pronunciation as another or others but different meaning, origin, or spelling.
Example sentences
  • Consequently both are described as homophonous words.
  • Chinese is by reputation much more homophonous than English.

Derivatives

homophony

1
noun
Example sentences
  • By setting one voice against three, Byrd masterfully harnesses the emphatic qualities of both polyphony and homophony: the text repetition of the former and the clarity and unity of the latter.
  • Note that I'm not denying that languages can and do differ in their relative amounts of homophony, word-sense ambiguity and lexical category ambiguity.
  • Being raised in a Lutheran tradition, my vocal writing is largely chorale style homophony contrasting with traditional contrapuntal textures.

Words that rhyme with homophonous

cacophonous

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