mews, muse

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

The answer is simple: mews, muse are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    An alley where there are stables; a narrow passage; a confined place.

  2. :: noun

    A place where birds of prey are housed.

  3. :: noun

    Plural form of mew.

  4. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mew.

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To consider or say thoughtfully: mused that it might take longer to drive than walk.

  3. :: noun

    A state of meditation.

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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").