misses, missus, Mrs.

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

The answer is simple: misses, missus, Mrs. are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of miss.

  2. :: noun

    Alternative spelling of missus. (Mrs)

  3. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of miss.

  1. :: noun

    Variant of missis.

  1. :: noun

    Used as a courtesy title for a married or widowed woman before the surname or full name of her husband: Mrs. Doe; Mrs. John Doe.

  2. :: noun

    Used as a courtesy title for a married, widowed, or divorced woman before her own surname or full name: Mrs. Doe; Mrs. Jane Doe. See Usage Note at Ms.

  3. :: noun

    Used in informal titles for a married woman to indicate the epitomizing of an attribute or activity: Mrs. Wonderful; Mrs. Organization.

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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").