sweater, sweater

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

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

sweater
  1. :: noun

    a person who perspires

  2. :: noun

    a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body

  3. :: noun

    <xref>Agent noun</xref> of <xref>sweat</xref>; a <xref>person</xref> who sweats.

  4. :: noun

    A similar <xref>garment</xref> worn for <xref>warmth</xref>.

sweater
  1. :: noun

    a person who perspires

  2. :: noun

    a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body

  3. :: noun

    <xref>Agent noun</xref> of <xref>sweat</xref>; a <xref>person</xref> who sweats.

  4. :: noun

    A similar <xref>garment</xref> worn for <xref>warmth</xref>.

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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").