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Definition of heteronym noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    heteronym

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhetərənɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhetərənɪm//
     
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  1. 1one of two or more words that have the same spelling but different meanings and pronunciation, for example tear meaning rip and tear meaning liquid from the eye
  2. 2one of two or more words that refer to the same thing, for example lift and elevator
  3. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from hetero- + -onym.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heteronym