morning, mourning

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

The answer is simple: morning, mourning are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    The first or early part of the day, lasting from midnight to noon or from sunrise to noon.

  2. :: noun

    The dawn.

  3. :: noun

    The first or early part; the beginning: the morning of a new nation.

  1. :: noun

    The actions or expressions of one who has suffered a bereavement.

  2. :: noun

    Conventional outward signs of grief for the dead, such as a black armband or black clothes.

  3. :: noun

    The period during which a death is mourned.

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").