palm·​ist·​ry | \ ˈpä-mə-strē How to pronounce palmistry (audio) , ˈpäl-, ˈpȯ-, ˈpȯl- How to pronounce palmistry (audio) \

Definition of palmistry

: the art or practice of reading a person's character or future from the lines on the palms

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By the mid-1900s, palmistry was fully integrated within American pop culture. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 Within palmistry, this region of the hand corresponds with an individual's optimism, vitality, and essence. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 Being hosted at the British Library meant the exhibition featured some amazing books — on palmistry, tea leaf reading and, of course, witches. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "Harry Potter exhibit celebrates 20th anniversary of first book," 19 Oct. 2017 Most of the palmistry literature sucks,’’ Seltman says.) Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Read Palms," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of palmistry

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palmistry

Middle English pawmestry, probably from paume palm + maistrie mastery

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English Language Learners Definition of palmistry

: the art or activity of looking at the lines on the palms of people's hands and telling them what will happen to them in the future

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