noun (1)
\ˈpäm, ˈpälm, ˈpȯm, ˈpȯlm \

Definition of palm 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of a family (Palmae synonym Arecaceae) of mostly tropical or subtropical monocotyledonous trees, shrubs, or vines with usually a simple stem and a terminal crown of large pinnate or fan-shaped leaves

2 : a leaf of the palm as a symbol of victory or rejoicing also : a branch (as of laurel) similarly used

3 : a symbol of triumph or superiority also : victory, triumph

4 : an addition to a military decoration in the form of a palm frond especially to indicate a second award of the basic decoration


noun (2)

Definition of palm (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the somewhat concave part of the human hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist or the corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal

2 : a flat expanded part especially at the end of a base or stalk (as of an anchor)

3 [ Latin palmus, from palma ] : a unit of length based on the breadth or length of the hand

4 : something (such as a part of a glove) that covers the palm of the hand

5 : an act of palming (as of cards)


palmed; palming; palms

Definition of palm (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to conceal in or with the hand palm a card

b : to take or pick up stealthily

c : to hand stealthily palmed him a dollar bill

2 : to impose by fraud a second imposter to be palmed upon you— Sir Walter Scott

3 : to touch with the palm: such as

a : to stroke with the palm or hand

b : to allow (a basketball) to come to rest momentarily in the hand while dribbling thus committing a violation

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Noun (1)

1palm 1

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Other Words from palm

Noun (1)

palmlike \ˈpäm-​ˌlīk, ˈpälm-​, ˈpȯm-​, ˈpȯlm-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for palm

Synonyms: Verb

fob off, foist, palm off, pass off, wish

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Examples of palm in a Sentence


The store's owner had seen one of the girls palm a lipstick before heading for the door. To do the card trick, you have to learn to palm one of the cards. He was called for palming the ball. The kick was palmed away by the goalkeeper.
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First Known Use of palm

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for palm

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin palma palm of the hand, palm tree; from the resemblance of the tree's leaves to the outstretched hand; akin to Greek palamē palm of the hand, Old English folm, Old Irish lám hand

Noun (2)

Middle English paume, palme, from Anglo-French, from Latin palma

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English Language Learners Definition of palm

: to hide (something) in the palm of your hand

basketball : to hold (a basketball) in an illegal way for a moment while you are dribbling

soccer : to knock (the ball) away from the goal with your hands


\ˈpäm, ˈpälm\

Kids Definition of palm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a tropical tree, shrub, or vine with a usually tall stem or trunk topped with large leaves that are shaped like feathers or fans



Kids Definition of palm (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the under part of the hand between the fingers and the wrist

2 : a measure of length based on the width of a palm


palmed; palming

Kids Definition of palm (Entry 3 of 3)

: to hide in the hand She palmed the coin.

palm off

: to get rid of or pass on in a dishonest way They tried to palm off plastic as real leather.


\ˈpä(l)m \

Medical Definition of palm 

: the somewhat concave part of the human hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist or the corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal

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