Etymology
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homophone (n.)

"a word pronounced the same as another (whether spelled the same or not) but different in meaning and etymology," 1843, from the adjective homophone (1620s), from Greek homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + phone "sound," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say." Related: Homophonic. Greek homophonos meant "speaking the same language; sounding in unison; of the same sound or tone."

updated on April 09, 2017

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Definitions of homophone from WordNet

homophone (n.)
two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear);
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.