reigns, reins, rains

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

The answer is simple: reigns, reins, rains are homophones of the English language.

rains
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of rain.

  2. :: noun

    A rainy season.

  3. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of rain.

reigns
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of reign.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of reign.

reins
  1. :: noun-plural

    The kidneys, loins, or lower back.

  2. :: noun-plural

    The seat of the affections and passions.

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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").