The words cinque, sank sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do cinque, sank sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: cinque, sank are homophones of the English language.
Games The number five in cards or dice.
A past tense of sink.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.