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[an-uh-gram] /ˈæn əˌgræm/
noun
1.
a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”.
2.
anagrams, (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.
verb (used with object), anagrammed, anagramming.
3.
to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.
4.
to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; probably < Middle French anagramme < Neo-Latin anagramma. See ana-, -gram1
Related forms
anagrammatic
[an-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌæn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
anagrammatical, adjective
anagrammatically, adverb
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Examples from the web for anagram
  • Using letter tiles, you can easily slip letters into line to form words for the anagram puzzles.
  • To indicate an anagram he added “(anag.)” to the word concerned.
  • Wilbur writes that among her father's language interests were anagrams.
  • This was an anagram of the words “too many secrets&rdquo.
  • But with 12 attributes, the distracted anagram solvers tended to make wiser choices, the study found.
  • Thrillcheese is an anagram of my first, last, and middle initial.
  • Each fake staffer's name is an anagram of their title plus one extra letter.
  • In transposition, the letters of the message are simply rearranged, effectively generating an anagram.
  • Telefora is an anagram for "orate elf."
  • My guess is that this text is English language text that has been run through some kind of nonsense anagram generator.
British Dictionary definitions for anagram

anagram

/ˈænəˌɡræm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
Derived Forms
anagrammatic (ˌænəɡrəˈmætɪk), anagrammatical, adjective
anagrammatically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin anagramma, shortened from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein to transpose letters, from ana- + gramma a letter
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Word Origin and History for anagram
n.

transposition of letters in a word so as to form another, 1580s, from French anagramme or Modern Latin anagramma (16c.), both from Greek anagrammatizein "transpose letters," from ana- "up, back" (see ana-) + gramma (genitive grammatos) "letter" (see grammar). Related: Anagrammatical; anagrammatically.

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Encyclopedia Article for anagram

the transposing of the letters of a word or group of words to produce other words that possess meaning, preferably bearing some logical relation to the original. The construction of anagrams is of great antiquity. Their invention is often ascribed without authority to the Jews, probably because the later Hebrew writers, particularly the Kabbalists, were fond of them, asserting that "secret mysteries are woven in the numbers of letters." Anagrams were known to the Greeks and Romans, although known Latin examples of words of more than one syllable are nearly all imperfect. They were popular throughout Europe during the Middle Ages and later, particularly in France, where a certain Thomas Billon was appointed "anagrammatist to the king."

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