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anagram

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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 <The word “secure” is an anagram of “rescue.”>

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of anagram

probably from Medieval 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 <anagrammed the letters of “battle” to form “tablet”>

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

Origin and Etymology of anagram

see 1anagram


First Known Use: 1630



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