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anagram

noun an·a·gram \ ˈa-nə-ˌgram \

Definition of anagram

1 :a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word or phrase
  • The word "secure" is an anagram of "rescue."
2 anagrams plural in form but singular in construction :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\ or less commonly anagrammatical play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

anagrammatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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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


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anagram

verb

Definition of anagram

anagrammed; anagramming
transitive verb
1 :anagrammatize
  • anagrammed the letters of "battle" to form "tablet"
2 :to rearrange (the letters of a text) in order to discover a hidden message

Origin and Etymology of anagram



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