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an·a·gram / ˈanəˌgram/ • n. a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as cinema, formed from iceman. DERIVATIVES: an·a·gram·mat·ic / ˌanəgrəˈmatik/ adj. an·a·gram·mat·i·cal / ˌanəgrəˈmatikəl/ adj.

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ANAGRAM. A word or phrase made by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase: mad policy from diplomacy. Anagrams are used mainly in games and puzzles, especially cross-words, where a clue like ‘a confused tailor in Venice’ leads to Rialto, an anagram of tailor.

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anagram a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as spar, formed from rasp. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via French or modern Latin from Greek ana- ‘back, anew’ + gramma ‘letter’.

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anagram XVI. — F. anagramme — modL. anagramma, f. Gr. aná ANA- + grámma letter, after anagrammatízein transpose letters.

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