Meaning of paronomasia

par•o•no•ma•sia

Pronunciation: (par"u-nō-mā'zhu, -zhē-u, -zē-u), [key]
— n. Rhet.
  1. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning.
  2. a pun.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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