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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Apart from Holsten Pils, which is obviously, mind-shatteringly brilliant, I mean, anagrams, who'd have thought it?
▪ Chambers suggested-Learlington, as an anagram of Nora Telling.
▪ Florida is an anagram of Rid Of Al.
▪ I decided on an anagram, Neela.
▪ Indeed deliberately making all the tricky names into anagrams may be an easier way to work through the map for non-Gaelic speakers.
▪ Lousy crossword today, clever-clever, too many obvious anagrams.
▪ What chance have we lowland city folk got when we're confronted with maps covered in names that look like anagrams?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anagram \An"a*gram\ ([a^]n"[.a]*gr[a^]m), n. [F. anagramme, LL. anagramma, fr. Gr. 'ana` back, again + gra`fein to write. See Graphic.] 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.


Anagram \An"a*gram\, v. t. To anagrammatize.

Some of these anagramed his name, Benlowes, into Benevolus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. (context of words English) A word or phrase that is created by rearrange the letters of another word or phrase. vb. To form anagrams.


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 [syn: anagrammatize, anagrammatise]


An anagram is direct word switch or word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example, the word anagram can be rearranged into nag-a-ram. Someone who creates anagrams may be called an "anagrammatist". The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram. Anagrams are often used as a form of mnemonic device as well.

Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled anagrammatists is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject.

Anagram (band)

Anagram was a Canadian punk rock band from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada based out of Toronto.

The band saw extensive personnel changes since Matt Mason founded the band with his fraternal twin Willy Mason, but it eventually settled into its current membership: Matt Mason, lead vocals; Jeff Peers, bassist; Clayton Churcher, drummer;and Willy Mason, guitarist. Their self-titled debut EP was released in late 2003. Their first full-length album, After Dark, was released in early 2006. They have also released a split 12" with The Creeping Nobodies of Toronto as well as a 7" single in mid-2007. The band released their third album in 2010 Majewski on record label Dead Astronaut.

Some critics have referred to Anagram as "Toronto's best live band", and Now wrote, "Their droning hypnotism has been known to arouse urges to violence and maybe a house fire or two." Andrew Steenberg of Exclaim! wrote that their album is "a lesson in how music should be played."

Anagram played their final show at The Silver Dollar Room on April 13, 2012. In 2013, three members of Anagram's final lineup reconvened as Surinam.

Usage examples of "anagram".

By and by I got it straightened out into the anagram business Macgillivray had mentioned.

Friedman chose to do so in anagram cipher, the solution to which he sealed in a time-stamped envelope, inviting readers to try and unravel it.

He searches out pattern in the music of a phrase or the spell of an anagram, in the shapes of time or the weave of the universe.

He thought it might be an anagram, since the phrase makes little sense.

I finally solved the all-time killer anagram, after more than a year of working at it in trains and buses and waiting rooms.

I particularly enjoy it when I can make both ends of the anagram work.

I had written down the anagram Edmund had just given us to solve, for it was his turn to provide the puzzle.

Newbold strayed all over the text to force-fit the solutions to anagrams into a predetermined transcription.

She liked anagrams, and she made half a dozen out of my name on the back of a napkin like this one.

To this Sirin would contribute poems, riddles, crossword puzzles, and probably some of its unsigned anagrams, logogriphs, meta-grams.

Martelli composed a satire against Maffei, in which he designated him by the anagram of Femia.

Lying Roven and is by one Ninian Bres, which happens to be anagram of the real name of one of the authors of Mysteries of Magic!

French kings throughout the Renaissance were so convinced that anagrams held magic power that they appointed royal anagrammatists to help them make better decisions by analyzing words in important documents.

You are right about the undead predilection for noms de plume, alter egos, secret identities, anagrams, and palindromes and acrostics.

The printed words became jumbled if she was too specific, but they tended to be anagrams and were easily deciphered.