Homonyms in Arabic

الجِناس التَّام

Homonyms are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation but don’t have the same meaning. In Arabic we call this set of words “كلمات الجِناس التَّام” “Al ginas al tam”. Al tam means “complete” because the letters of these words have to agree in number, order and their vocalization.

Here are some Arabic homonyms:

2 audio المَعْنَى الثَّاني1 audio المَعْنَى الأوَّلaudio الكلمة
Water springEyeaudio عَيْن
Reminder, memoTicketaudio تَذْكِرة
FallingAmateuraudio هَاوٍ
Next/ followingReaderaudio تالٍ
FactorWorkeraudio عَامِل
Qualified audio “هو أهْلٌ لِ”Relatives/ familyaudio أَهْل
NeighborhoodAliveaudio حَيّ
Napper “Someone who takes a nap”.Telleraudio قَائِل
DeskOfficeaudio مَكْتَب
HornCenturyaudio قَرْن
Mile “ unit of measurement”Tendencyaudio مَيْل
DateHistoryaudio تَارِيخ
ShowOfferaudio عَرْض
CucumberChoice, optionaudio خِيَار
EnvelopCircumstanceaudio ظَرْف
Friend, companionOwneraudio صَاحِب
GoldHe wentaudio ذَهَب
Morocco (country)Sunset/one of the 5 prayers in Islamaudioالمَغْرِب
Flat land, plainEasyaudio سَهْل
GuideProofaudio دَلِيل
Great (plural) audio جَمْع عَظيمBones audio جَمْع عَظْمَةaudio عِظَام
Good mannersLiteratureaudio أَدَب
LiquidAsker/ questioneraudio سَائِل
PackageExpulsionaudio طَرْد

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