Homophones are words that are pronounced the same, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.
From Greek homóphõnos (homo same – phõné sound)
♦ band (/band/) – My daughter plays bass guitar in a band.
♦ banned – He’s been banned from driving for a year.
♦ blue (/bluː/) – My favourite colour is blue.
♦ blew – The wind blew my shed down.
♦ coarse (/kɔːs/) – My dog has very thick, coarse fur.
♦ course – Your English course starts in September.
♦ flour (/ˈflaʊə/) – You can make pizza dough by mixing flour, yeast, olive oil, salt, and water.
♦ flower – My grandmother’s favourite flower is the rose.
♦ genes (/dʒiːn/) – You have thousands of different genes in every cell in your body.
♦ jeans – I’m wearing my favourite jeans today.
♦ heal (/hiːl/) – It’s only a small cut and it will heal quickly.
♦ heel – My new boots have made a blister on my heel.
♦ he’ll – He’ll meet you in the car park at 7 o’clock.
♦ know (/nəʊ/) – I don’t know your name.
♦ no – No thank you.
♦ meat (/miːt/) – I don’t eat meat.
♦ meet – We’ll meet you after work.
♦ morning (/ˈmɔːnɪŋ/) – Good morning!
♦ mourning – She is in mourning because her husband died last week.
♦ sale (/seɪl/) – My neighbour’s house is for sale.
♦ sail – Their yacht has a yellow sail.
♦ sauce (/sɔːs/) – I love tomato sauce with everything!
♦ source – The BBC is a popular news source.
♦ sea (/siː/) – I live by the sea.
♦ see – I can see the sea from my window.
♦ so (/səʊ/) – It’s so hot in here!
♦ sew – I need to sew this button back on my coat.
♦ sow – You can sow cauliflower seeds in autumn and winter.
♦ their (/ðɛː/) – Their car is blue.
♦ there – It’s parked over there.
♦ they’re – They’re going to buy a new car soon.
♦ threw (/θruː/) – She threw the ball for the dog.
♦ through – She threw the ball through the window.
♦ to (/tuː/) – We’re going to the cinema.
♦ too – Do you want to come too?
♦ two – We have two spare tickets.
♦ your (/jɔː, jʊə/) – Your breakfast is ready.
♦ you’re – You’re late for school.
There are many varieties of English, and words may be homophones in one variety of English but not in another.
♦ father / farther and for / four are homophones in Received Pronunciation (RP), but not in American English and Scottish English.
♦ whether / weather are homophones in England, but not in Scotland.
Can you suggest some more homophones?