[ an-uh-gram ]
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  1. a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”

  2. anagrams, (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.

verb (used with object),an·a·grammed, an·a·gram·ming.
  1. to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.

  2. to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.

Origin of anagram

First recorded in 1580–90; probably from Middle French anagramme, from New Latin anagramma; equivalent to ana- + -gram1

Other words from anagram

  • an·a·gram·mat·ic [an-uh-gruh-mat-ik], /ˌæn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/, an·a·gram·mat·i·cal, adjective
  • an·a·gram·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for anagram


/ (ˈænəˌɡræm) /

  1. a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase

Origin of anagram

C16: from New Latin anagramma, shortened from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein to transpose letters, from ana- + gramma a letter

Derived forms of anagram

  • anagrammatic (ˌænəɡrəˈmætɪk) or anagrammatical, adjective
  • anagrammatically, adverb

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