Origin of chiromancy

First recorded in 1520–30; chiro- + -mancy
Related formschi·ro·man·cer, nounchi·ro·man·tic, chi·ro·man·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chiromancy

Historical Examples of chiromancy

  • It was chiromancy and face-reading that I learnt at the age of nine.

    Princes and Poisoners

    Frantz Funck-Brentano

  • Elsie was cross at some of the things she said, for she firmly believes in chiromancy.

    Cicely and Other Stories

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Chiromancy is a most dangerous science, and one that ought not to be encouraged, except in a 'tte--tte.'

  • I have brought the party hither, that you may use palmistry, or chiromancy if such is your pleasure.

    Quentin Durward

    Sir Walter Scott

  • And, of course, they believed in astrology and in chiromancy, the latter of which has again come into fashion.


    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for chiromancy



another word for palmistry
Derived Formschiromancer, noun
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Word Origin and History for chiromancy

"divination by the hand, palmistry," 1520s, from French chiromancie (14c.), from Medieval Latin chiromantia, from Late Greek kheiromanteia, from kheiro-, comb. form of kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + -mantia (see -mancy). Related: Chiromancer; chiromantic.

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