chro·​no·​gram ˈkrä-nə-ˌgram How to pronounce chronogram (audio)
: an inscription, sentence, or phrase in which certain letters express a date or epoch

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From all that information on flowers living and fossilized, the researchers used molecular dating to build a chronogram. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2017

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Word History


probably borrowed from New Latin chronogramma, from chrono- chrono- + -gramma -gram

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chronogram was in 1621

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“Chronogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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