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), an·a·grammed, an·a·gram·ming.

  1. to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.
  2. to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.


  1. a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase

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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