[ pah-muh-stree ]
/ ˈpɑ mə stri /


the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person's hand.

Origin of palmistry

1375–1425; late Middle English pawmestry, equivalent to pawm palm1 + -estry (origin obscure; cf. -y3)
Also called palm reading.

Related forms

palm·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palmistry


/ (ˈpɑːmɪstrɪ) /


the process or art of interpreting character, telling fortunes, etc, by the configuration of lines, marks, and bumps on a person's handAlso called: chiromancy

Derived Forms

palmist, noun

Word Origin for palmistry

C15 pawmestry, from paume palm 1; the second element is unexplained
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