from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.
- n. A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word or phrase that is created by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.
- v. To form anagrams.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Literally, the letters of a word read backwards, but in its usual wider sense, the change of one word or phrase into another by the transposition of its letters. Thus Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious man) may be turned into I moyl in law.
- transitive v. To anagrammatize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A transposition of the letters of a word or sentence, to form a new word or sentence: thus, Galenus is an anagram of angelus.
- n. A word formed by reading the letters of one or more words backward; a palindrome: thus, evil is an anagram of live.
- To form into an anagram.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
- v. read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 16th century, from French anagramme, formed on Greek ἀνά (ana, "up, back") + γράμμα (gramma, "letter"). (Wiktionary)