psalter, salter

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

The answer is simple: psalter, salter are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    The Book of Psalms. Often applied to a book containing the Psalms separately printed.

  2. :: noun

    Specifically for Anglicans, the Book of Common Prayer which contains the Book of Psalms. For Catholics, the Breviary containing the Psalms arranged for each day of the week.

  3. :: noun

    In the Roman Catholic Church, a rosary consisting of one hundred and fifty beads, corresponding to the number of the Psalms.

  1. :: noun

    One that manufactures or sells salt.

  2. :: noun

    One that treats meat, fish, or other foods with salt.

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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").