brute, bruit, brut

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

The answer is simple: brute, bruit, brut are homophones of the English language.

bruit
  1. :: verb-transitive

    To spread news of; repeat.

  2. :: noun

    Medicine An abnormal sound heard in auscultation.

  3. :: noun

    Archaic A rumor.

  4. :: noun

    Archaic A din; a clamor.

brut
  1. :: adjective

    Very dry. Used of champagne.

brute
  1. :: noun

    An animal; a beast.

  2. :: noun

    A brutal, crude, or insensitive person.

  3. :: adjective

    Of or relating to beasts; animal: "None of the brute creation requires more than food and shelter” ( Henry David Thoreau).

  4. :: adjective

    Characteristic of a brute, especially:

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").