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.
- 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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How to use anagram in a sentence
In his most recent novel, The Warsaw Anagrams, Richard Zimler takes on the story behind this disturbing, but seductive subject.
Upon opening The Warsaw Anagrams, I thought: why am I reading another Holocaust novel?
Some supposed allies advise he use anagrams, as they do, to keep his identity a secret.
anagram′matism, the practice of making anagrams; anagram′matist, a maker of anagrams.
He danced well, drove four-in-hand, and was a very Œdipus in expounding anagrams and conundrums.Discipline | Mary Brunton
The letters of each of the following anagrams may be transposed so as to spell the name of a well-known novel.St. Nicholas v. 13 No. 9 July 1886 | Various
George Herbert and others made anagrams, and verses shaped like an altar, a cross, or a pair of Easter wings.From Chaucer to Tennyson | Henry A. Beers
I think he wrote these letters for fun, as some people make puzzles, anagrams, or limericks.
British Dictionary definitions for anagram
a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
- anagrammatic (ˌænəɡrəˈmætɪk) or anagrammatical, adjective
- anagrammatically, adverb
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