palindrome

noun pal·in·drome \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm \

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

palindromic

play \ˌpa-lən-ˈdrō-mik, -ˈdrä-\ adjective

palindromist

play \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrō-mist\ noun

Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

  1. The word “dad” and the number “1881” are palindromes.

Recent Examples of palindrome from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'palindrome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of palindrome

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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


PALINDROME Defined for English Language Learners

palindrome

noun

Definition of palindrome for English Language Learners

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


PALINDROME Defined for Kids

palindrome

noun pal·in·drome \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm \

Definition of palindrome for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

palindrome

noun pal·in·drome \ ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm \

medical Definition of palindrome

: a palindromic sequence of DNA

Learn More about palindrome


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up palindrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a man who seduces many women

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!