List of Homophones: 111 Popular Sets of Homophones for ESL Learners

What is a homophone? Homophones are commonly spelled differently with their own set of symbols. Here is a big list of homophones commonly used in the English language and some homophone examples.

What is a Homophone?

What is a homophone? A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same or different.

Homophones that are spelled the same are also both homographs and homonyms.

Homophones that are spelled differently are also called heterographs.

Homophone examples:

  • Four –  For

The clock struck four.

I bought John some sweets for his birthday.

  • Eight – Ate

There were only eight days left until Christmas.

We ate dinner together then went home.

  • Cereal – Serial

My favorite cereal is cornflakes.

The serial killer loved watching serials on TV!

  • Meat – Meet

The hotel guests got food poisoning because the meat wasn’t cooked properly.

I’m going to meet my friend at the train station this evening.

  • Maize – Maze

It is common for manufacturers to use maize as an ingredient in many processed foods.

Chatsworth House has a maze that is made up of a network of paths and hedges.

  • Steal – Steel

If you steal goods from a shop, this is called “shoplifting”.

The new art museum is made entirely of glass and steel.

List of Homophones in English

Here is a useful list of homophones you should know. In this list of homophones, you will find simple, intermediate and more advanced level vocabulary.

1. Abel – Able

2. Accede – Exceed

3. Accept – Except

4. Addition – Edition

5. Adds – Adz

6. Affect vs Effect

7. Yule – You’ll

8. Ale – Ail

9. All ready – Already

10. Ax – Acts

11. Axel – Axle

12. Axes – Axis

13. Beer – Bier

14. Beet – Beat

15. Bell – Belle

16. Berry – Bury

17. Berth – Birth

18. Your – You’re

19. Yoke – Yolk

20. Bight – Bite

21. Wear – Where

22. Bussed – Bust

23. Weak – Week

24. Buy – By – Bye

25. We’ll – Wheel

26. Cache – Cash

27. Vein – Vain

28. Cain – Cane

29. Cheap – Cheep

30. Check – Czech

31. Clique – Click

32. Colonel – Kernel

33. Coolie – Coulee

34. Coop – Coupe

35. Cops – Copse

36. Coral – Choral

37. Cord – Cored

38. Core – Corps

39. Veil – Vale

40. Vary – Very

41. Coughers – Coffers

42. Sari – Sorry

43. Council – Counsel

44. Coup – Coo

45. Course – Coarse

46. Cousin – Cozen

47. Coward – Cowered

48. Coy – Koi

49. Sane – Seine

50. Craft – Kraft

51. Crape – Crepe

52. Crawl – Kraal

53. Creak – Creek

54. Rued – Rude

55. Dyeing – Dying

56. Fare – Fair

57. Fate – Fete

58. Faun – Fawn

59. Fax – Facts

60. Faze – Phase

61. Feat – Feet

62. Feint – Faint

63. Fends – Fens

64. Flour – Flower

65. Flow – Floe

66. Rows – Rose

67. Flu – Flue – Flew

68. Root – Route

69. Foaled – Fold

70. Fort – Forte

71. Knew – New

72. Roomer – Rumor

73. Role – Roll

74. Gorilla – Guerilla

75. Pore – Pour

76. Grade – Grayed

77. Graft – Graphed

78. Graham – Gram

79. Pole – Poll

80. Palate – Pallet

81. Hertz – Hurts

82. Hew – Hue

83. Pair – Pare

84. Hi – High

85. Higher – Hire

86. Night – Knight

87. Niece – Nice

88. Neigh – Nay

89. Hoard – Horde

90. Hoarse – Horse

91. Navel – Naval

92. Mrs – Misses

93. Hold – Holed

94. Hole – Whole

95. Mown – Moan

96. Mowed – Mode

97. Mark – Marc

98. Leased – Least

99. Led – Lead

100. Mare – Mayor

101. Leech – Leach

102. Lock – Loch

103. Lichen – Liken

104. Lie – Lye

105. Lien – Lean

106. Male – Mail

107. Maize – Maze

108. Main – Mane

109. Literal – Littoral

110. Lone – Loan

111. Lode – Load

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