forme, form

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

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

  1. :: noun

    A linguistic form.

  2. :: noun

    The shape and structure of an object.

  3. :: noun

    The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure.

  4. :: noun

    The essence of something.

  1. :: noun

    An arrangement of metal or wood type, from which a page may be printed

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").