remittance, remittants

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

The answer is simple: remittance, remittants are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    The sending of money to someone at a distance.

  2. :: noun

    The sum of money sent.


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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").