Learn English – Name for phrases that sound the same but have different meanings


Is there a special name for two phrases that have the same sound, but mean different things from each other? For example

Wishing well

Could be used in either the context of "I wish you well," or that of "I threw a coin a coin into the well and made a wish."

It would be something like homophones but with phrases. I googled "Homophone Phrases" thinking that would be the appropriate terminology, but only found one blog that agreed with me.

Does anyone know whether there exists specific terminology for this kind of phrase or I should just stick with "Homophone Phrase?"

Thank you!

Best Answer

HOMOGRAPHS are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. Heteronyms are a type of homograph that are also spelled the same and have different meanings, but sound different.