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Homonyms

The words that are pronounced and written in a similar form but have different meanings are called homonyms.  These are divided into two groups:

  • Homophones: words that have different meanings but are pronounced the same.  For example, arrollo (to run over) and arroyo (stream or gutter).    
  • Homographs: words that mean different things but are written the same way. For example, cara (the face) and cara (expensive) 

Here are more examples of homonyms:

Spanish

English

Homónimos:

Homonyms

Asar/Azar

To grill/Luck

Barón/Varón

Baron/Man

Bello/Vello

Pretty/Arm, leg hair

Aya/Halla

Nanny/He finds

Bote/Vote

Small boat/She votes

Basto/Vasto

Stop/Vast

Cabo/Cavo

Military Grade/I shovel

Casar/Cazar

To marry/To hunt

Hierba/Hierva

Herb/Boil

Hoya/Olla

Sepulcher/Pot (cooking)

Masa/Maza

Dough, cornmeal/Pool cue (tip)

Sabia/Savia

Wise person/Sap

Cara/Cara

Face/Expensive

Masa/Masa

Dough/Multitude

Quetzal/Quetzal

Native Bird of Guatemala/Currency of Guatemala

Peso/Peso

Weight/Currency of Mexico

Lengua/Lengua

Tongue/Language

Evita/Evita

Evita/She avoids

Capital/Capital

Capital/Quantity of Money