- The definition of an anagram is made by taking a word or several words and mixing up the letters so that another word or words are made.
Making “astronomer” into “moon starer” is an example of an anagram.
anagram definition by Webster's New World
- a word or phrase made from another by rearranging its letters (Ex.: now → won, dread → adder)
- a game whose object is to make words by arranging letters from a common pool or by forming anagrams from other words
Origin: French anagramme ; from Classical Greek ana-, back plush gramma, letter (see gram), modeled on Classical Greek anagrammatizein, to write the letters of a name backwards
anagram definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.
- anagrams (used with a sing. verb) A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.
Origin: New Latin anagramma, from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein, to rearrange letters in a word : ana-, from bottom to top; see ana- + gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
- anˌa·gram·matˈic adjective
- anˌa·gram·matˈi·cal·ly adverb