anagram

[ an-uh-gram ]
/ ˈæn əˌgræm /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), an·a·grammed, an·a·gram·ming.

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.

Nearby words

  1. anaglypta,
  2. anagnorisis,
  3. anagoge,
  4. anagogic,
  5. anagogy,
  6. anagrammatic,
  7. anagrammatize,
  8. anagrammer,
  9. anaheim,
  10. anakim

Origin of anagram

1580–90; probably < Middle French anagramme < New Latin anagramma. See ana-, -gram1

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

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British Dictionary definitions for anagrammatic

anagram

/ (ˈænəˌɡræm) /

noun

a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
Derived Formsanagrammatic (ˌænəɡrəˈmætɪk) or anagrammatical, adjectiveanagrammatically, adverb

Word Origin for anagram

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

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Word Origin and History for anagrammatic

anagram

n.

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.

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