- 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.
- 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
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- 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