meaning of anagram

anagram meaning in General Dictionary

To anagrammatize

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  • truly the letters of a word look over backwards but in its typical wider good sense the alteration of 1 word or expression into another by the transposition of the letters Thus Galenus becomes angelus William Noy lawyer general to Charles we and a laborious guy are changed into we moyl in law
  • read letters out of order to realize a concealed definition
  • a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of some other term or term
  • actually, the letters of a word read backwards, however in its typical broader sense, the change or one-word or phrase into another by the transposition of their letters. Hence Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious guy) is turned into we moyl in-law.
  • To anagrammatize.

anagram meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


anagram meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) virtually, the letters of a word read backwards, in its normal larger good sense, the change or one word or term into another because of the transposition of the letters. Hence Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious guy) may be changed into I moyl in-law.

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  • (v. t.) To anagrammatize.

Sentence Examples with the word anagram

The name Goliad, probably an anagram of the name of the Mexican patriot Hidalgo (1753-1811), was first used about 1829.

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