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A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning.

English can be a confusing language to learn! Have you ever come across two words that sound the same, but have different meanings? These are called homophones. In this detailed guide, you will learn 101 sets of homophones with real native examples. Don’t forget to check out our study tips and quiz at the end!

What are homophones?
Homophones are two or more words that sound the same (identical pronunciation), but have different meanings. These words are often spelt differently in English too (e.g. Flower vs. Flour). The term homophone comes from Greek ‘homo-’ (meaning: same) and ‘-phone’ (meaning: sound or voice), so the word literally means: ‘same sound’.
English has more homophones than most languages because its pronunciation has changed a lot over time, while its spelling has changed very little. Many words have been borrowed from other languages through the centuries and this explains why English spelling is so strange (or confusing!). For example: right (Old English: riht) vs. write (Old English: writan) vs. rite (Latin: ritus). In the past, these words would have been pronounced differently, but today they all sound the same in modern English.
In this guide, we will focus on homophones in British English. Most of these are the same in American English too. However, national and regional accents change the way people pronounce words and sometimes this creates different homophones. For example, these words are homophones in American English, but not in British English: hostel/hostile, balm/bomb, caught/cot, halve/have.
Let’s take a look at some homophones!

Allowed - Aloud

Ate - Eight

Band - Banned

Bare - Bear

Be - Bee

Been - Bean

Blue - Blew

Bored - Board

Break - Brake

Capital - Capitol

Cereal - Serial

Complement - Compliment

Deer – Dear

Earn – Urn

Flower - Flour

Flew – Flu

For -Four

Hair - Hare

Hear —– Here

Heel – Heal

Hi —– High

Hole - Whole

Hour - Our

Two - To - too

I -Eye

I’ll - Aisle - isle

Knew —– New

Knight —– Night

Knot —– Not

Made —– Maid

Mail -Male

Marshal - Martial

Meet - Meat

Muscle —– Mussel

None —– Nun

Pair - Pear

Peace —– Piece

Peak —– Peek

Principal —– Principle

Rain —– Reign

Ring —– Wring

Sea - See

Sail —– Sale

Scene - Seen

Some —– Sum

Sun - Son

Stare — Stair

Steal —– Steel

Their - There - They’re

Throne —– Thrown

Waste —– Waist

Wear - where

Week - Weak

Which —– Witch

Who’s —– Whose

Would —– Wood

Won _ One

Your - You’re

Buy - By - Bye

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