brunet, brunette

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

The answer is simple: brunet, brunette are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Of a dark complexion or coloring.

  2. :: adjective

    Having dark brown or black hair or eyes.

  3. :: noun

    A person with dark brown hair.

  1. :: adjective

    Having dark or brown hair.

  2. :: noun

    A girl or woman with dark or brown hair.

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").