pleural, plural

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

The answer is simple: pleural, plural are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Of, relating to, or affecting the pleura, or the sides of the thorax.

  2. :: adjective

    Thin and transparent.

  1. :: adjective

    Relating to or composed of more than one member, set, or kind: the plural meanings of a text; a plural society.

  2. :: adjective

    Grammar Of or being a grammatical form that designates more than one of the things specified.

  3. :: noun

    Grammar The plural number or form.

  4. :: noun

    Grammar A word or term in the plural form.

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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").