batsmen, batsman

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

The answer is simple: batsmen, batsman are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Sports The player at bat in cricket and baseball.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of batsman.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").