grill, grille

The words grill, grille sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do grill, grille sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: grill, grille are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To broil on a gridiron.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To torture or afflict as if by broiling.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    Informal To question relentlessly; cross-examine.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To mark or emboss with a gridiron.

  1. :: noun

    A grating of metal, wood, or another material used as a screen, divider, barrier, or decorative element, as in a window or on the front end of an automotive vehicle.

  2. :: noun

    An opening covered with a grating.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").