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anagram

play
noun an·a·gram \ˈa-nə-ˌgram\

Definition of anagram

  1. 1 :  a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word or phrase

  2. 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

anagrammatic

play \ˌa-nə-grə-ˈma-tik\ less commonly

anagrammatical

play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

anagrammatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of anagram in a sentence

  1. The word secure is an anagram of rescue.

Origin and Etymology 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


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anagram

verb an·a·gram

Definition of anagram

anagrammed

anagramming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  anagrammatize

  3. 2 :  to rearrange (the letters of a text) in order to discover a hidden message

1630

First Known Use of anagram

1630


ANAGRAM Defined for English Language Learners

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anagram

play
noun an·a·gram \ˈa-nə-ˌgram\

Definition of anagram for English Language Learners

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



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