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

Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

The word “dad” and the number “1881” are palindromes.
Recent Examples on the Web To dust off your memory from English class, a palindrome is a word spelled the same backward as forward. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Baby name inspiration: Parents are falling backward and forward for creative monikers," 24 June 2020 News: An earlier version of this article misstated how frequently sets of palindrome dates occur. USA TODAY, "Corrections & Clarifications 2019," 1 July 2019 So palindrome is a word of phrase that runs back on itself. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Today is 02/02/2020 -- the first palindrome day in 909 years," 2 Feb. 2020 Real quick Sunday's date is a rare palindrome that hasn't happened in more than 900 years. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 2 Feb. 2020 The previous palindrome date came 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Today is 02/02/2020 -- the first palindrome day in 909 years," 2 Feb. 2020 The date will be a palindrome for nine straight days during May 2015. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Sunday's date is a rare palindrome that hasn't happened in over 900 years," 1 Feb. 2020 Inan’s website chronicles 500 years’ worth of palindromes, from the 19th century to the 23rd. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "Sunday’s date is a rare, extra-special palindrome," 31 Jan. 2020 The previous eight-digit palindrome like this was 11/11/1111, 909 years ago. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "Sunday’s date is a rare, extra-special palindrome," 31 Jan. 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 10 Jul. 2020.

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palindrome

noun
How to pronounce palindrome (audio)

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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