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



    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 Originlate 19th cent.: from hetero- + -onym.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heteronym