palindrome

noun
pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Definition of palindrome

: a word, verse, or sentence (such as "Able was I ere I saw Elba") or a number (such as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward

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Other Words from palindrome

palindromic \ ˌpa-​lən-​ˈdrō-​mik How to pronounce palindrome (audio) , -​ˈdrä-​ \ adjective
palindromist \ ˈpa-​lən-​ˌdrō-​mist How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \ noun

Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

The word “dad” and the number “1881” are palindromes.
Recent Examples on the Web He is obsessed with numbers and his Mixed Blood career fits almost into a neat palindrome. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 But the movie is confusing, and its time-reversal palindrome premise requires constant exposition. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 25 Jan. 2021 The first palindrome date already happened on Jan. 2, 2021 (1-2-21). Sonia Ramirez, Chron, 21 Jan. 2021 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of palindrome

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palindrome

Greek palindromos running back again, from palin back, again + dramein to run; akin to Greek polos axis, pole — more at pole, dromedary

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“Palindrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palindrome. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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palindrome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of palindrome

: a word, phrase, or number that reads the same backward or forward

palindrome

noun
pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of palindrome

: a word, phrase, sentence, or number that reads the same backward or forward "Step on no pets" is a palindrome.

palindrome

noun
pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of palindrome

: a palindromic sequence of DNA

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