[ pahm ]
/ pɑm /
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verb (used with object)
Verb Phrases
palm off, to dispose of by deception, trickery, or fraud; substitute (something) with intent to deceive: Someone had palmed off a forgery on the museum officials.
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Idioms about palm

    grease someone's palm, to bribe: Before any work could begin, it was necessary to grease the superintendent's palm.Also cross someone's palm .

Origin of palm

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin palma (cognate with Old English folm “hand”); replacing Middle English paume, from Middle French, from Latin palma

Other definitions for palm (2 of 2)

[ pahm ]
/ pɑm /

any of numerous plants of the family Palmae, most species being tall, unbranched trees surmounted by a crown of large pinnate or palmately cleft leaves.Compare palm family.
any of various other trees or shrubs that resemble this.
a leaf or branch of such a tree, especially as formerly borne to signify victory or as used on festive occasions.
a representation of such a leaf or branch, as on a military or other decoration of honor, usually indicating a second award of the decoration.
the reward of honor due to a victor: In oratory she yields the palm to no one.
victory; triumph; success: He carried off the palm by sheer perseverance.

Origin of palm

First recorded before 900; Middle English palm(e), paume, pame, Old English palm, palma, from Latin palma “palm tree,” special use of palma palm1


palmlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palm (1 of 2)

/ (pɑːm) /

verb (tr)
to conceal in or about the hand, as in sleight-of-hand tricks
to touch or soothe with the palm of the hand
See also palm off

Word Origin for palm

C14 paume, via Old French from Latin palma; compare Old English folm palm of the hand, Greek palamē

British Dictionary definitions for palm (2 of 2)

/ (pɑːm) /

any treelike plant of the tropical and subtropical monocotyledonous family Arecaceae (formerly Palmae or Palmaceae), usually having a straight unbranched trunk crowned with large pinnate or palmate leaves
a leaf or branch of any of these trees, a symbol of victory, success, etc
merit or victory
an emblem or insignia representing a leaf or branch worn on certain military decorations

Word Origin for palm

Old English, from Latin palma, from the likeness of its spreading fronds to a hand; see palm 1
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Medical definitions for palm

[ päm ]

The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
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