Definition of heteronym in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhedərəˌnim/ /ˈhɛdərəˌnɪm/


  • 1Each of two or more words that are spelled identically but have different sounds and meanings, such as tear meaning “rip” and tear meaning “liquid from the eye.”.

  • 2Each of two or more words that are used to refer to the identical thing in different geographical areas of a speech community, such as submarine sandwich, hoagie, and grinder.

  • 3Each of two words having the same meaning but derived from unrelated sources, for example preface and foreword.

    Contrasted with paronym