our, hour

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

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

hour
  1. :: noun

    The present time: the man of the hour.

  2. :: noun

    One of the 24 equal parts of a day.

  3. :: noun

    One of the points on a timepiece marking off 12 or 24 successive intervals of 60 minutes, from midnight to noon and noon to midnight or from midnight to midnight.

  4. :: noun

    The time of day indicated by a 12-hour clock.

our
  1. :: adjective

    Used as a modifier before a noun: our accomplishments; our hometown.

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").