The words that are pronounced the same but differ in spelling and meaning are known as homophones. In English language, there are lots of words, which sound alike but have different meanings as well as spellings. For example, aloud and allowed, made and maid, waist and waste, some and sum, plane and plain, dear and deer, etc. It has been seen that homophones appear in groups of two, but they can be three or four in a group. Many homophones sound and spelled exactly the same but still have different meanings. For instance, lie (to lie down) and (to tell an untruth), rose (the flower) and (past tense of rise), etc. 

Homophones that are spelled alike are known as homographs and homonyms. Moreover, homophones that are spelled differently are known as Heterographs.

A sound knowledge of homophones will stop you from making serious grammatical mistakes. The more you use homophones; the better will be your understanding in identifying the correct words. Homophones are similar types of words that have different meanings and spellings, but learners often find these words confusing. Hence, it is highly important to recognize the right homophone as the spelling may change the meaning of a sentence and put you in trouble.

Definition of Homophone

Homophone refers to more than one word or two words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings. In other words, homophones are the words that sound same but do not mean the same. 

For example, write and right, peace and piece, whether and weather, stair and stare, etc. These tricky words should be thoroughly recognized before using in a sentence as one wrong homophone can entirely change the meaning of a sentence. Homophones are extensively used in everyday speech. These words are used in riddles and jokes. Hence, it is important to learn homophones in order to avoid grammatical errors. 

Homophones List

The knowledge of homophones improves the vocabulary skills of students. Let us see some common homophones that are sound same and have different meanings. 

Common Homophones

Homophones that occurs in a group of three are as follows: 

Group of Homophones

Homophone Examples 

Some important homophone sentences are mentioned below: 

Use of All and Awl
  • All are equal before the law. 
  • The wood was carved and shaped with an awl. 

Use of Advice and Advise
  • He gave me a good advice. 
  • I advised him to pursue higher studies abroad.  

Use of Be and Bee
  • You will be responsible for any damage. 
  • Most bees gather only pollen or nectar.

Use of Check and Cheque
  • I will check it out. 
  • I received the cheque yesterday. 

Use of Disease and Decease
  • His chronic disease causes muscle weakness. 
  • He is the brother of the deceased man.