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anagram

[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 of anagram
1580-1590
1580-90; probably < Middle French anagramme < New 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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British Dictionary definitions for anagrams

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 anagrams

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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