anagram


1an·a·gram

noun \ˈa-nə-ˌgram\

: a word or phrase made by changing the order of the letters in another word or phrase

Full Definition of ANAGRAM

1
:  a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word or phrase
2
plural but sing in constr :  a game in which words are formed by rearranging the letters of other words or by arranging letters taken (as from a stock of cards or blocks) at random
an·a·gram·mat·ic \ˌa-nə-grə-ˈma-tik\ also an·a·gram·mat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
an·a·gram·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ANAGRAM

  1. The word secure is an anagram of rescue.

Origin of ANAGRAM

probably from Middle French anagramme, from New Latin anagrammat-, anagramma, modification of Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein to transpose letters, from ana- + grammat-, gramma letter — more at gram
First Known Use: 1589

2anagram

transitive verb
anagrammedanagram·ming

Definition of ANAGRAM

2
:  to rearrange (the letters of a text) in order to discover a hidden message

First Known Use of ANAGRAM

1630

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