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    Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Dear all,

    I found in Macmillan Dictionary that

    homonym: a word that is spelled the same or sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning

    homograph: a word that is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning and sometimes a different pronunciation

    According to these definitions, I think a homograph can sometimes be a homonym. Am I right?

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Rose View Post
    According to these definitions, I think a homograph can sometimes be a homonym. Am I right?
    You are absolutely right.

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Homophones and homographs are the two types of homonym.

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Homophones and homographs are the two types of homonym.
    This is only true if you accept the loosest definition possible of homonyms, i.e. "words that are spelled (and/)or pronounced the same way". It doesn't seem to be a very useful definition to me. There is a nice table explaining the strict senses of these words here.

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This is only true...these words here.
    A stricter or looser definition may be appropriate according to need in any given situation, as is also true of many grammar terms.

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    Thank you all for your comments. It is interesting to know that there is a clear distinction between homophones and homographs who are children of homonyms.

    My plan was to debate on the useless existence of "homograph". But I now think it is fine.

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    Re: Is a homograph sometimes a homonym?

    A homonym is a cover term including both homophone and homograph.


    A homograph is one of two or more words of different meaning which are spelled in the same way. Homographs may be pronounced the same or differently. Examples: bear (a large animal) and bear (the verb) are homographs which are pronounced identically. While lead (the name of a metal noun) and lead (the verb) are homographs which are pronounced differently.


    A homophone is one of two or more words of different meaning which are pronounced in the same way. Examples are: bear (the name of an animal), bear (the verb) and bare (naked)

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