senate, sennet, sennit

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

The answer is simple: senate, sennet, sennit are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    An assembly or a council of citizens having the highest deliberative and legislative functions in a government, specifically:

  2. :: noun

    The upper house of the U.S. Congress, to which two members are elected from each state by popular vote for a six-year term.

  3. :: noun

    The upper house in the bicameral legislature of many states in the United States.

  4. :: noun

    The upper legislative house in Canada, France, and some other countries.

  1. :: noun

    A call on a trumpet or cornet signaling the ceremonial exits and entrances of actors in Elizabethan drama.

  2. :: noun

    Any of several barracudas, especially Sphyraena borealis, of the western Atlantic.

  1. :: noun

    Braided cordage formed by plaiting several strands of rope fiber or similar material.

  2. :: noun

    Plaited straw, grass, or palm leaves for making hats.

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").