A word that is pronounced like another one, but is spelt differently. Homophones are commonly used in the Wordplay of Cryptic Clues as in the example Actor who created Lime and Water outlets we hear - here the answer WELLES is indicated as sounding like "wells".
One of two or more linguistic forms that are pronounced alike, but distinct in function or meaning or in spelling. Examples: bank 'river bank' and bank 'financial institution' (same spelling, different meaning) reed and read (infinitive); red and read (participle) (related meaning, different spelling)
a word with different origin and meaning but the same pronunciation as another word, whether or not spelled alike, as hare and hair or scale (of a fish) and scale (a ladder). in popular usage, two or more different graphemes that represent the same sound, as /k/ spelled in candy, in king, ch in school. Cp. homograph.
A word with a different origin and meaning but having the same pronunciation as another word whether or not spelled alike. Example: Hair and hare; scale, as in scale of a fish compared to scale a ladder. Also two or more graphemes that represent the same sound. Example: The sound in /c/ andy, k/ ing, and s/ ch/ ool.