What does anagram mean?

Definitions for anagram
ˈæn əˌgræmana·gram

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anagram(verb)

    a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase

  2. anagram, anagrammatize, anagrammatise(verb)

    read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning


  1. anagram(Noun)

    A word or phrase that is created by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.

    The word "silent" is an anagram of "listen".

  2. anagram(Verb)

    To form anagrams.

  3. Origin: Late 16th century, from anagramme, formed on Greek ἀνά + γράμμα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anagram(noun)

    literally, the letters of a word read backwards, but in its usual wider sense, the change or one word or phrase into another by the transposition of its letters. Thus Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious man) may be turned into I moyl in law

  2. Anagram(verb)

    to anagrammatize

  3. Origin: [F. anagramme, LL. anagramma, fr. Gr. 'ana` back, again + gra`fein to write. See Graphic.]


  1. Anagram

    An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Someone who creates anagrams may be called an "anagrammatist". The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled anagrammatists is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anagram

    an′a-gram, n. a word or sentence formed by rewriting (in a different order) the letters of another word or sentence: as, 'live' = 'evil,' 'Quid est veritas? = 'Est vir qui adest,' and 'Florence Nightingale' = 'Flit on, cheering angel.'—Many pseudonyms are merely anagrams, as 'Voltaire' = 'Arouet l. i.'—that is, 'Arouet le jeune (the younger).'—adjs. Anagrammat′ic, Anagrammat′ical.—adv. Anagrammat′ically.—v.t. Anagram′matīse, to transpose, so as to form an anagram.—ns. Anagram′matism, the practice of making anagrams; Anagram′matist, a maker of anagrams. [Gr. ana, again, graph-ein, to write.]

Suggested Resources

  1. anagram

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anagram in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anagram in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of anagram in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The anagram of LEADER is DEALER. Indeed, a great Leader must be the Dealer of Dreams, Hope and Action, in my view.

Images & Illustrations of anagram

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