pall, pol

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

The answer is simple: pall, pol are homophones of the English language.

pall
  1. :: noun

    fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes

  2. :: verb

    to make <xref>vapid</xref> or <xref>insipid</xref>; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken

  3. :: intransitive verb

    To become vapid, tasteless, dull, or insipid; to lose strength, life, spirit, or taste.

  4. :: transitive verb

    To satiate; to cloy.

pol
  1. :: noun

    A <xref>politician</xref>.

  2. :: noun

    A politician.

Definitions from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License., from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English., from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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").