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{January 31, 2011}   Homophones and Homonyms

As Suber & Thorpe state, homophones are words of the same language that are pronounced alike even if they differ in spelling, meaning, or origin, such as “pair” and “pear”. Homophones may also be spelled alike, as in “bear” (the animal) and “bear” (to carry). But this list consists only of homophones that are not spelled alike.

Homonym is a somewhat looser term than homophone, sometimes referring to all homophones and only homophones, and sometimes referring to the subset of homophones that are spelled alike.

Here you can find Suber & Thorpe’s dictionary of homophones, where the members of each homophonic set are listed in alphabetical order.

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