palindrome

noun pal·in·drome \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018
: 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

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Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

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

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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

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PALINDROME Defined for English Language Learners

palindrome

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


PALINDROME Defined for Kids

palindrome

noun pal·in·drome \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm \
: 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 \
: a palindromic sequence of DNA

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