chaise, shays

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

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

  1. :: noun

    Any of various light open carriages, often with a collapsible hood, especially a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.

  2. :: noun

    A post chaise.

  3. :: noun

    A chaise longue.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of shay.

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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").