Term: Homonyms

Definition:

A Homonym is a word that is written and pronounced the same way as another, but which has a different meaning.

AN EXAMPLE OF A HOMONYM:

'Lie' can be a verb meaning to tell something that is not true or to be in a horizontal position. They look and sound the same, but are different verbs as can be seen from their forms:

Lie-lied-lied (to say something untrue)

Lie-lay-lain (to be in a horizontal position)


 

See Also: Homograph; Homophone; Synonym; Antonym; Acronym

Category: Vocabulary