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Homonyms have the same sound and same spelling with a different meaning.
Homophones have the same sound but different spellings and meanings.
Homographs have the same spelling but a different meaning (and possibly a different sound).

(*Traditionally, homonyms included any words with the same sound, rather than spelling, since those with the same spelling and sound could only be differentiated by context. The term homophone is now used.)

Examples of homonyms:
  • Book: noun: reading material.
    Book: verb: to make a schedule engagement.
    Book: verb: to charge with a crime.
  • Egg: noun: a hard-shelled body produced by a bird
    Egg: verb: to incite or urge into action
  • Steal: noun: something offered or purchased at a low price
    Steal: verb: to take and carry away someone's property without permission.
  • Time: noun: a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar
    Time: verb: to measure or record the time, duration, or rate of something or someone


Examples of homophones:
  • Bare, Bear
  • Beer, Bier
  • Boar, Bore
  • Desert (verb) and Dessert
  • Die and Dye
  • Doe and Dough
  • Floe and Flow
  • Foul and Fowl
  • Meat, Meet and Mete
  • Right, Rite and Write
  • So and Sew
  • Tear (rip) and Tare (weight)
  • Tear (eye) and Tier
  • Weak and Week
  • Yore, You're and Your


Examples of homographs:
  • Bow: long o sound: noun: a a knot made with two or more loops; tie
    Bow: short ou sound as in out: verb: to bend the head, body, or knee in greeting, respect, agreement, or obedience
  • Desert: short e sound: noun: dry land with few plants and little rainfall
    Desert: short i sound as in is: verb: to abandon or withdraw from
  • Does: long o sound: noun: female deer
    Does: short u sound as in duh: verb: to cause as an act or action to happen
  • Lead: long e sound: noun: an amount or distance ahead
    Lead: long e sound: verb: to go first
    Lead: short e sound: an element, or graphite in a pencil
  • Number: short u sound: noun: a word, symbol, or letter used to represent a mathematical numerical
    Number: the b is silent: adjective: lacking in sensation, "more numb"
  • Read: long e sound: verb: to go over and take in and understand the meaning of letters or symbols
    Read: short e sound: adjective: taught or informed by reading
  • Tear: long e: noun: droplet from the eye
    Tear: short e (tare): verb: to shred, cut into half or pieces; to make hole into something

(There is a large list of homophones at the related link.)
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What is the difference between homonyms and homographs?

A homograph is a word that has different meanings for the same  spelling. Homonyms are a type of homograph in which the same  pronunciation is used for the different meaning

What are homophones and homographs?

Homophones are words that sound the same; homographs are words that  are spelled the same. A homophone is a word that sounds like another word. An example of a homophone woul

What is the difference between a homonym and a homophone?

Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different  meanings or uses... like to, two, and too.    Homonyms are words that are pronounced and spelled the same

What is the difference between a homograph and a homophone?

Homophones are words that have exactly the same sound but are  different in meaning and spelling.   for example : hour, our    Homographs are words that have the s

What is the difference between the homonym your and you're?

Your: The word your makes a statement that something belongs to you. It is a possessive adjective. It usually is placed before a noun. You're: The word you're is a contractio

Can a homophone be a homograph?

Yes, a homophone can be a homograph. For instance "desert" is a  homophone for "dessert" when desert has the meaning of abandon.  Desert is also a homograph when it means bo

What do homograph homophone and homonym mean?

Homograph = words that are spelled the same buthave different meanings. Homophone = Words that are spelled differently andmean different things, but sound the same (type of