consulter, consultor

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

The answer is simple: consulter, consultor are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    One who consults, or asks counsel or information.

  1. :: noun

    Roman Catholic Church A person, such as a priest, appointed to assist and advise a bishop.

  2. :: noun

    Roman Catholic Church An adviser to a congregation of the Curia.

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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").