analyst, annalist

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

The answer is simple: analyst, annalist are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    One that analyzes.

  2. :: noun

    A practitioner of psychoanalysis.

  3. :: noun

    A systems analyst.

  1. :: noun

    One who writes annals; a chronicler.

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").