choler, collar

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

The answer is simple: choler, collar are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Anger; irritability.

  2. :: noun

    One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess; yellow bile.

  3. :: noun

    Obsolete The quality and condition of being bilious.

  1. :: noun

    The part of a garment that encircles the neck.

  2. :: noun

    A necklace.

  3. :: noun

    A restraining or identifying band of leather, metal, or plastic put around the neck of an animal.

  4. :: noun

    The cushioned part of a harness that presses against the shoulders of a draft animal.

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").