franc, frank

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

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

  1. :: noun

    See Table at currency.

  2. :: noun

    The primary unit of currency in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Monaco before the adoption of the euro.

  1. :: noun

    A franked piece of mail.

  2. :: noun

    Informal A frankfurter.

  3. :: adjective

    Open and sincere in expression; straightforward: made several frank remarks about the quality of their work.

  4. :: adjective

    Clearly manifest; evident: frank enjoyment.

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").