- a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”
- anagrams, (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.
- to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.
- to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.
Origin of anagram
Examples from the Web for anagram
Contemporary Examples of anagram
Historical Examples of anagram
Lucius Barettus is an anagram for the real name Albertus Curtius.The Story of Eclipses
He announced this also by an anagram, and waited till it should become a crescent, which it did.Pioneers of Science
He will send me, in response to the demand, as Mlle. Roland,—an anagram of my own name.The Master of Warlock
George Cary Eggleston
Among the moderns, the French have most cultivated the anagram.
The signature of this letter is an anagram of my ancestor's name.Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 2
- a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
Word Origin for anagram
transposition of letters in a word so as to form another, 1580s, from French anagramme or Modern Latin anagramma (16c.), both from Greek anagrammatizein "transpose letters," from ana- "up, back" (see ana-) + gramma (genitive grammatos) "letter" (see grammar). Related: Anagrammatical; anagrammatically.